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  1. heloooo allnurses
    i really got alot of useful info in every speciality ( med,surg,maternity...... )
    i am still student taking psychiatric & because it's new for me i faced some ( well aloooooot ) problems
    my book actually didn't help me out solving them
    so i am posting here in order to find the help i am seeking :
    in my psychiatric mental health nursing assessment , can u give me the meanings of :-
    1- apparent energy level :
    2- general state of health :
    3- chronological age of client in relation to physical appearance :
    4- degree of productivity & spontaniety (language & community ):
    5- ability of abstract thinking :
    6- preoccupation , obsession idea of reference ;
    7- judgment of clint :
    8- perceptual ability :
    9- illusion :
    10- hallucination :
    11- can u give me examples of defense mechanism :
    12- values & attitude in education / possession / privacy / change / achievement / health & illness :
    13- can u give me examples of community stressors :

    that is , i know they r alot but plzzzzzzzzzzz answer them if u know & i will be grateful
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    About misha-anderson

    Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 5
    nurse soon ^^
    Specialty: hope med/surg


  3. by   Whispera
    I'm a psychiatric nursing instructor (have been for 15 years) and wow, it doesn't seem like you've looked in your book very much. Every psych nursing text I've ever seen answers most of the questions you ask...they define things pretty well. Do you have to assess a patient and that's why you're asking?
  4. by   misha-anderson
    hi actually u r right , i didn't read well that book in library that y i am asking
    to clarify this
    & u know thing text books have really really streng words & make the explanation quite long & what i need is that some psychiatric nurse answer me

    anyway if u have one kinda of book that an easyyyy one just give me the title & i'll read what i need

    thank you whispera
  5. by   Whispera
    Misha, don't you have a textbook for your course? I feel that what you're asking us to tell you is a whole lot of information you should be able to find on your own and really, most of it you should know by this point in the semester. I don't want to do your homework for you. I wish you luck and suggest you start some online searches, look in your textbook if you have one, and talk to your instructor if you're having trouble.
  6. by   Simply Complicated
    I agree. I'm all for helping someone, but that is a lot of information you are asking for. Why are you reading through this in the library? You should have a text book that goes over this stuff.
  7. by   showbizrn
    i love teaching
    & helping people.
    i can even snail-mail you
    an psychiatric nursing care plan book
    for your personal reference
    if needed.
    but one thing
    i will not do
    is your homework assignment!

    no learning takes place if i do

    give me a pm if you are interested.

    showbizrn:redpinkhe from the heart!
  8. by   misha-anderson
    hi there
    psychiatric course is new for me & to be honest ( i did not like it that muchly )
    the reason is that i love med/surg , reading pathophysiology and answering calculation questions
    i am soo sorry that if i really bothering u nurses & promise i will gether all my 3 best friends & study to gether
    because i love ( group work ) & if i face any complicated thing that either instructor or book didn't help , i'll come here
    & thank youuuuuu both & sorry again
  9. by   seizetheday
    maybe you could use the textbook you have and try your best to figure out the answers with your classmates. If you are still really stuck - post your answers and I don't mind letting you know if you are on the right track?

    I am wondering if part of the problem for you is understanding the vocabulary? Is English your first language? You might need to use a mental health glossary (google - there are lots, or in the back of your textbook) and once you have a better understanding of the words, it might be clearer what role they play in an assessment.
  10. by   misha-anderson
    hi thereheartbeat

    okay here's what happened , after we gathered ( me & my friends ) solving the questions , we discovered how psychiatric department is easy & mostly depends on communication & non-verbal techno. (eye contact, body language ....)

    i think i should post the answers in order to encourage myself & show how psychiatric is easy (not like how i thought) & correct me if i wrong

    apparent energy level :

    if pt has lack of energy like depression or the opposite like adhd in childhood

    general state of health :

    what the state physiological ( v/s ,coughing ....)

    or psychological ( mania , depressed .....)

    chronological age of client in relation to physical appearance :

    compare what age pt appears with his actual age

    biological vs. chronological age

    degree of productivity & spontaneity (language & community )

    if pt think repeatedly before answering or answer just like that (i have this problem +-(

    ability of abstract thinking :

    internal planning for solve problems, apply previous knowledge to new situations, learn new skills......

    preoccupation , obsession idea of reference

    preoccupation : is when pt think so deeply about some matter while obsession : an idea, image, or impulse which is recognized by the patient as their own, but which is experienced as repetitivefor example a man who phone his wife just because he obsessed that she

    may have come to harm feeling

    judgment of client:

    couldn't find the definition of it in my book all what i found is poor judgment is acute effect in alcohol but scientifically i think it means if something is wrong or right

    perceptual ability :

    is when the information (smell , sight , hear .taste & touch

    received in impaired way


    when the perception in real world mixed with internal imagery to make false internal percep


    reaction without any (brain order)

    defense mechanism :

    unfortunately my book hasn't so examples soooo i don't know

    values & attitude:

    values :when pt consider thing is positive or negative

    attitude: if pt had situation in past and affected him

    community stressors :

    it depends on client but if pt don't want talk about what upset him what can i do

    my book is (oxford handbook of psychiatry 2005 )

    now i am really tired from posting but very happy that i understood
  11. by   misha-anderson
    i do not know how the reply came in that way sorry , it's my fisrt time right that long in advanced way again sorry
  12. by   carolmaccas66
    Misha, you need to do more online searches as I don't think you really understand what these questions are about.
    There are thousands of helpful websites,you can do a Google search. Can't you access your university's website search catalogues for help?
    Also you must talk to your instructor if you are struggling with the material. We don't know what your course curriculum is, so the course coordinator should be the first point of contact.
    Is English not your first language? If that is the case, perhaps you need someone to interpret some of the words for you.
    And people think psych nursing is easy! That always makes me laugh on these boards.
    ADD: also if you do answers in red or another fluoresecent colour, they are really hard to read.