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Bipolar Disorder - A Serious Mental Health Disorder


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 72 Mins
Date Added: 01/05/2017
Date Recorded: 23/04/2015
Date Reviewed:
Event: Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT 2015
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Topics: Mental Health

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Bipolar disorders impact the lives of many people in today’s society. However, there are many myths that surround the condition. This introductory session looks at facts that nurses need to know in order to care for those with these disorders.


Topics covered

  • Background and aetiology
  • What are the signs and symptoms?
  • What is the difference between mania and depression?
  • A look at the associated risks related to this condition
  • Alcohol and drug related issues that complicate management
  • Suicide and extreme outcomes of the disorder
  • Implications for all nurses


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MMHlthNurs S.Qld., GradDipPsychSt S.Qld., RN. New topics - Clinical depression as a symptom of inflammation rather than a disease
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way t...

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