Katie Peterson, an 18-year-old female, has been referred to you by her primary care provider for recommendations and treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Throughout childhood and adolescence, Katie’s support has not been consistent in managing her ASD, and her parents are seeking a PMHNP to address Katie’s anxiety, frequent temper outbursts, and increasing difficulties interacting with her peers throughout the day.
Her medical history includes seizures since the age of 11 months. A baseline SPECT scan revealed overactivity in the basal ganglia and marked increased patchy uptake throughout her cerebral cortex.During her psychiatric interview, you observe Katie with repetitive behaviors and poor eye contact. At one point, she turns the lights on and off repetitively for several minutes before she can sit down to complete her evaluation.
You start the interview with her dad present.
From your perspective as Katie’s psychiatric nurse practitioner, answer the following questions in a two- to three-page double-spaced paper (not including the reference page) in APA format. Include at least three peer-reviewed, evidence-based references.
Confirm Katie’s diagnosis (SHE’S AUTISTIC)based on the information you have been given. Discuss the importance of the baseline SPECT scan.
Outline the types of resources you would recommend to help Katie function better.
What, if any, medications could help Katie improve her mood swings and anxiety? Provide rationale.
List two types of psychotherapy and a rationale that would help Katie. Explain why these psychotherapies are significant to your evaluation or diagnosis.
During the interprofessional meeting, the role of the social workers in each group mainly focused on finding all resources that can assist the patient from a social works point of view. This can contain of increasing awareness about health stressors and tactics to manage and working conscientiously to prevent or diminish the occurrence of health problems. The role of the pharmacist was to focus on identifying and providing references for medications that are well appropriate for patients based on patient-detailed appearances and working in unification with the social worker to confirm that medication interventions are applied, and compliance can be kept. As a team, we combined all our ideas together and agreed on what would or wouldn’t work for our patient. Lastly, we use therapeutic factors to help the patient. Instillation of hope was one of the factors we used as we were educating the patient about his health and explaining to how important it is to take care of his self. More of motivation and hope. Hope required to keep the client in therapy so that other therapeutic factors may take effect, but faith in a treatment mode can be therapeutically effective. (Yalom, 2005) To sum up, I learned a lot from the other profession because you get to learn and see things from a different perspective. More so of an open mind to not only think of what social workers can do, but finding out more services you can provide as you learn from other professions. The groups were open minded and uniformed. They learned a lot from us social workers and was shocked by how many resources we could offer to help our patient. Although social work and pharmacist are two different professions, we are both working and using the services of each profession to enlighten the patient results through shared information.>GET ANSWER