Week 6 Therapy for Patients With Anxiety Disorders and PTSD Treatment

I’m no longer at the mercy of my PTSD, and I would not be here today had I not had the proper diagnosis and treatment. It’s never too late to seek help.

—P.K. Philips, PTSD patient

For individuals presenting with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other anxiety disorders, everyday life can be a constant challenge. Clients requiring anxiolytic therapy may present with anxiousness, depression, substance abuse issues, and even physical symptoms related to cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal ailments. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, you must be prepared to address the many needs of individuals seeking treatment for PTSD and other anxiety disorders.

This week, as you study anxiolytic therapies and PTSD treatments, you examine the assessment and treatment of patients with PTSD and other anxiety disorders. You also explore ethical and legal implications of these therapies.


Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Assess patient factors and history to develop personalized plans of anxiolytic therapy for patients
  • Analyze factors that influence pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes in patients requiring anxiolytic therapy
  • Synthesize knowledge of providing care to patients presenting with anxiolytic therapy
  • Analyze ethical and legal implications related to prescribing anxiolytic therapy to patients across the lifespan
  • Assess psychopharmacologic approaches to treatment for patients across the lifespan

Learning Resources

Review the following medications:

  • benzodiazepines
  • citalopram
  • desvenlafaxine
  • duloxetine
  • escitalopram
  • fluoxetine
  • sertraline
  • venlafaxine
  • vilazodone
  • vortioxetine
  • propranolol
  • prazosin
  • paroxetine

Required Media

Case Study: A Middle-aged Caucasian Man with Anxiety

Note: This case study will serve as the foundation for this week’s Assignment.