a. Assist the patient to problem solve.
b. Provide support and understanding.
c. Reorient the patient.
d. Provide privacy.
Patients with anxiety disorders experience discomfort from the anxiety. The patient must feel safe, acknowledged, and cared for before problem solving can begin. The nurse’s first priority is to provide support and understanding. Allowing the patient to remain alone fosters social withdrawal and may allow anxiety to increase. Patients with anxiety seldom lose contact with reality.
a. norepinephrine deficiency.
b. serotonin dysregulation.
c. dopamine excess.
d. GABA deficiency.
Serotonin dysregulation is hypothesized to play a part in OCD. Relief associated with SSRIs supports this hypothesis. The other theories are nonrelated.
a. Social phobia
b. Panic disorder
c. Somatoform disorder
The patient’s persistent intrusive thoughts are obsessions, and the need to continually clean is a compulsion. Hence, the patient’s disorder can be identified as OCD. The symptoms are not consistent with any of the other options.