Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder manifested by repeated unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These thoughts and behaviors interfere with the patient’s daily activities and role performance.  The cause of OCD is largely unknown. However, these risk factors may increase the development of OCD:  OCD usually begins during the … Read more

Anorexia Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Anorexia nervosa is a serious eating disorder that is potentially life-threatening if not recognized and treated appropriately. It is characterized by a very low body weight, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted perception of weight. Persons that are anorexic will see themselves as fat even when they are not. Not all patients … Read more

ADHD Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects mental functioning and behavior, marked by an ongoing pattern of restlessness, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD may also present with anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. ADHD often becomes noticeable in childhood, usually when a child starts going to school and continues into … Read more

Delirium Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Delirium is an acute disturbance of mental status and cognition with an acute onset of hours or days. It is often related to dehydration, infection, medications, alcohol withdrawal, dementia, organ failure, severe pain, or the dying process. Symptoms may include: There are three types of delirium: Older adults with a history of dementia who are … Read more

Substance Abuse Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Substance abuse is a serious problem impacting the healthcare system and society as a whole. Substance abuse can refer to the use of illegal drugs, excessive use of alcohol, or the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Substance abuse often has negative physical, emotional, and social outcomes. Several factors may contribute to substance abuse including … Read more

Mental Health Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Mental health is an essential aspect of overall health and involves a person’s psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects the way a person feels, thinks, and acts and determines how a person relates to others, handles stress, and makes decisions.  Mental health problems or illnesses can arise anytime throughout a person’s life. Various factors … Read more

Antisocial Personality Disorder Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a type of mental health disorder that belongs to the cluster B personality disorders of the DSM-5 which are behaviors described as dramatic, emotional, or erratic. This condition is characterized by behavioral patterns of manipulation, exploitation, or violation of other people’s rights without any remorse. Patients suffering from ASPD may … Read more

Altered Mental Status (AMS) Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Altered mental status (AMS) is a broad term used to represent a variety of diseases affecting mental functioning ranging from mild disorientation to coma. Fundamentally, a patient’s level of consciousness and cognition are combined to form their mental status. Patients may have abnormalities of either one or both of these components.  The range of differential … Read more

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that can occur after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic or terrifying event. PTSD can be a lasting consequence of the traumatic event, even years later. Examples of traumatic events include war, terrorism, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, the unexpected death of a loved one, a life-threatening … Read more

Psychosocial Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Psychosocial diagnoses refer to the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of nursing care. Interruptions in relationships, grieving, coping, and parenting can complicate physical illnesses, as well as vice versa. Psychosocial nursing diagnoses are just as important for the nurse to recognize as other diagnoses as alterations in these areas can potentially lengthen illnesses and … Read more