101-20: Turning Down the Heat: Psychopharmacologic Management of Irritability through Aggression

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101-20: Turning Down the Heat: Psychopharmacologic Management of Irritability through Aggression

This course discusses the psychopharmacology and utility of agents used for the management of irritability through aggression. Strategies from this course can be applied across diagnoses and for both acute and outpatient settings. You will explore neurotransmitters, particularly glutamate and GABA, from a psychopharmacological perspective. You’ll also leave this course with a better understanding of how this neurobiology relates to the lived experience of persons with mental health disorders.

Presenter:  Julie A Carbray PhD, FPMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APN 

Disclosures:  The presenter served on an advisory board for Alkermes and Supernus. The planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label use of medications will be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:
  1 hour 40 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the neurobiology behind irritability, aggression and rage, and determine when a psychotropic medication may be indicated.

Keywords: Irritability, Aggression, Rage, Psychotropic Medications

Nursing Continuing Professional Development:
1.75 pharmacology contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The contact hours for this session expire:  June 30, 2022

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