Detection, Prevention, and Management of Extrapyramidal Symptoms

Tamra Jean Courey,MSN


Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2007;3(7):464-469. 

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Mental Health Complications

Because EPSs may exacerbate a number of emotional variations, a comprehensive psychiatric mental health assessment is indicated. Depression, suicidality, anxiety, and substance abuse are of particular concern. Substance abuse is crucial to assess, because the patient may use to obtain relief from disturbing symptoms. These symptoms can complicate a client's effort to effectively cope with his or her disorder, creating a continuum of mental health risk factors. NPs who do not specialize in psychiatric mental health clinical nursing practice should seek assistance when prescribing unfamiliar medications for mental health symptoms.


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