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


Bipolar Disorder Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by very high moods (manic or hypomanic episodes) and depression. There are several types of bipolar disorder.  Manic and hypomania (a less severe form of mania) include the following symptoms:  Hyperactivity  Euphoria  Racing thoughts  An exaggerated sense of grandiosity and self-importance  Poor decision-making resulting in shopping sprees … Read more


Major Depression Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Depression is a mood disorder characterized by intense and persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest or enjoyment in things once loved. Major depressive disorder affects how you think and feel and can cause severe emotional symptoms and even thoughts that life isn’t worth living anymore.  Major depression can affect not only the … Read more


Schizophrenia Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way a person thinks, perceives information, responds emotionally, and behaves. There are different types of schizophrenia that produce their own set of clinical manifestations.  Schizophrenia symptoms can be divided into positive or negative categories:  Positive symptoms are in addition to reality and include symptoms of psychosis such … Read more