Biopsychosocial Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

This course will examine the advanced concepts of assessment, psychopathology, and differential diagnosis in advanced practice psychiatric‐mental health nursing. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th edition) will be utilized to formulate diagnosis and treatment formulations for psychiatric patients across the lifespan. The course will review the components and use of the comprehensive psychiatric evaluation as means to gather clinical data and information during a psychiatric interview. Various theoretical perspectives about the etiology of common psychiatric disorders will be reviewed. Factors related to epidemiology, genetics, gender, cultural, and ethnicity of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan will be analyzed. A strong emphasis is placed on proper assessment and identification of discrete aspects of cognition, affect and behavior in the diagnosis and treatment planning of psychiatric illness.