A Case of Bipolar Disorder: Katherine Case Study by Nicky

A Case of Bipolar Disorder: Katherine
Analyzes a hypothetical case of Katherine, a freshman university student, with symptoms of depression and manic behavior characteristic of bipolar disorder.
# 147599 | 1,330 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper describes Katherine's overly gregarious and yet dysfunctional behavior, which led her roommate to refer her to the university mental health center. Next, the author discusses Katherine's diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which was ascertained from a pattern of episodes rather than one isolated symptom. The paper underscores the importance of the participation of her parents, the university community and the patient herself in monitoring and treating Katherine so that she could remain a full time student.

Table of Contents:
Case Study
Review of Issues in Care and Expert Opinions
Recommendations for Nursing and Own Personal Growth

From the Paper:

"At first, the roommate thought that Katherine was simply suffering the symptoms of a typical heartbreak. However, then Katherine began to grow agitated. She wrote long letters to her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend, accusing them of betraying her. She also said her professors were 'out to get her' and did not understand her ideas. Katherine had increasing trouble settling to do her work, even though she took piles of books from the library. She often spent the nights going to parties, although she said she was worried about failing."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • DSM-IV Code: Bipolar. Available from psychnet on March 30, 2009 at http://www.psychnet-uk.com/dsm_iv/dysthymic_cyclothymic_episodes.htm#Manic%20Episode:
  • McDougall, Tim. (2009). Nursing children and adolescents with bipolar disorder: Assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 22(1), 33-9. Retrieved March 30, 2009, from ProQuest Medical Library database. (Document ID: 1663483211).
  • Recognizing and understanding bipolar disorder. (2007). Journal of Family Practice. FindArticles.com. Retrieved March 30, 2009 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0689/is_11_56/ai_n21106670
  • Sherman, Carl. (2007, April). Achieving adherence in bipolar disorder. Clinical Psychiatry. FindArticles.com. Retrieved March 30, 2009 athttp://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4345/is_4_35/ai_n29345472

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A Case of Bipolar Disorder: Katherine (2011, May 17) Retrieved November 30, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/a-case-of-bipolar-disorder-katherine-147599/

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