Which statement best describes a pharmacological approach to treating patients for impulsive aggression?
a) Anticonvulsant mood stabilizers can eradicate limbic irritability
b) Atypical antipsychotics can increase subcortical dopaminergic stimulation
c) Stimulants can be used to decrease frontal inhibition
d) Opioid antagonists can be used to reduce drive
A patient with hypersexual disorder is being assessed for possible pharmacologic treatment. Why does the PMHNP prescribe an antiandrogen for this patient?
a) It will prevent feelings of euphoria
b) It will amplify impulse control
c) It will block testosterone
d) It will redirect the patient to think about other things
Mrs. Kenner is concerned that her teenage daughter spends too much time on the Internet. She inquires about possible treatments for her daughter’s addiction. Which response by the PMHNP demonstrates understanding of pharmacologic approaches for compulsive disorders?
a) “Compulsive internet use can be treated similarly to how we treat people with substance use disorders”
b) “internet addiction is treated with drugs that help block the tension/arousal state your daughter experiences”
c) “When it comes to internet addiction, we prefer to treat patients with pharmaceuticals rather than psychosocial methods”
d) “there are no evidence-based treatments for internet addiction, but there are behavioral therapies your daughter can try”