Colleagues response week 4 | NURS 6670 – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Role II: Adults and Older Adults | Walden University
The two disorders that were assigned are Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Bipolar Disorder. While both of these conditions can have similar symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, impulsivity and mood swings, there are distinct differences between them. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by hyperactive behavior, inattention and impulsivity that can interfere with school or work performance. On the other hand, Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition characterized by episodes of mania or hypomania alternating with periods of depression which can sometimes lead to suicidal ideation.
In order to differentiate between these two diagnoses, it is important to take into account the patient’s age at onset as well as their family history; typically ADHD tends to present itself during childhood while Bipolar Disorder usually appears during adolescence or adulthood. Additionally taking note of any patterns in their sleep cycles could be helpful since individuals with ADHD often have trouble falling asleep while those with Bipolar Disorder may instead struggle staying awake for extended periods time. Furthermore assessing physical activity levels can also provide insight since patients suffering from either one might find themselves exhibiting restless behaviors like fidgeting more than usual when feeling overwhelmed.
Ultimately understanding nuances behind each individual case will allow healthcare professionals better assess situation helping ensure accurate diagnosis achieved without delay so proper treatment plan created maximize results achieved both now future no matter what issue presented before them.