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Resources for Nurse Practitioners Treating Mental Illness

December 17, 2020

The recently launched NP Psych Navigator platform connects nurse practitioners (NPs) with tools to help them identify mental illness and care for affected patients and their families. Explore some of the resources on the platform with the links below.

Treatment Options for Bipolar DisorderHelp your patients with bipolar disorder learn more about treatment options with this handout, which describes how medication and talk therapy work.

Fundamentals of Bipolar DisorderIn this primer on bipolar disorder, learn about the types, burden, pathophysiology, and symptoms of the disorder as well as psychiatric comorbidities, treatment guidelines, and nonpharmacological management.

Fundamentals of Major Depressive DisorderLearn more about the prevalence, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of major depressive disorder (MDD) here. 

Explore Rating Scales and Assessment Tools: Visit the Psychiatric Scales NPsychlopedia for assessment tools you may be able to incorporate into your daily practice.


Introduction to Bipolar DisorderAn overview of bipolar disorder, including common symptoms and the value of earning your patient’s trust.

Diagnosing Bipolar DisorderTina Matthews Hayes, DNP, FNP, PMHNP discusses how she diagnoses bipolar disorder, including different clues or signs to be on the lookout for. 

Connecting With Patients With Bipolar DisorderGet tips that may help you connect with your patients who have bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder and the BrainJessica Whelan, DNP, APRN, FPMHNP-BC discusses the value of understanding the neurobiology behind bipolar disorder and how she explains it to her patients.

Considerations When Making a Treatment PlanJessica Whelan, DNP, APRN, FPMHNP-BC reviews the many factors that come in to play when she is developing a treatment plan for her patients with bipolar disorder.

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