American Psychological Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). (DSM-5). ISBN-13: 978-0-8904-2555-8
I would use the drug Lamictal 25 mg po qd x week then 50 mg the next week until you reach 200mg in one month which max dose. Why? because he is construction worker that will sweat and have electrolyte irregularities with lithium. also Lamictal does does not require any monitoring. If it does not take away his mania entirely we can add Abilify.
Andrew, a 26-year-old male with bipolar disorder type 1. He works outside in construction.
Create a treatment plan for your assigned patient using the American Psychiatric Association’s guidelines (if applicable) and at least two peer-review articles. Address the following:
What medication(s) would you start your patient on? Include the starting, tapering up, and maintenance doses, and patient education. Why did you choose this medication?
Initial lab and blood tests.
What type of therapy would work best for your patient?
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