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Bipolar Disorder - A Serious Mental Health Disorder


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 72 Mins
Date Added: 08/03/2017
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
Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and is currently completing a PhD, which explores how women create meaning and decisions about electro-convulsive therapy. Karen-Ann is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of practical experience in mental health and general health environments, which have included the physical care of those individuals with a chronic mental health disorder. Karen-Ann is currently a Lecturer in Nursing (Mental Health) at the Sunshine Coast University. Her passion is working with stu...

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