Sandra has been diagnosed with schizophrenia; view the video and identify and briefly describe two (2) positive symptoms of this disorder that Sandra is presenting in the interview.
2. Describe briefly how you will manage these two symptoms in the acute setting.
Please put your information under each question.
A minimum of four (4) academic references and two (2) websites are required for this assessment.
APA referencing is required.
Sandra P. is a 45 year-old single female who was brought in by police to the Emergency Department for psychiatric assessment and medical treatment.
She was arrested in a Cronulla plaza by a local police patrol unit and detained for alleged damage to private property, witnessed aggressive
behaviour, resisting arrest and assault. The attending police team stated that Sandra had displayed psychotic behaviour. The patient was witnessed
talking to herself, displaying wild mood swings and hallucinating. An alcohol breath test was performed at Cronulla Police Station at 4:17 am which
resulted in a normal reading. All vital signs at E.D. admission were normal (blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing, oxygen saturation). Sandra has a
small cut on her right foot due to stepping on broken glass.
Sandra appears distracted and rather agitated. Since presenting to the emergency department, she has at times been nonresponsive to prompting by the
E.D. staff. The patient appears to be hearing voices and has been talking out aloud to herself. Her appearance is unkempt with ill-fitting attire.
Her behaviour is disinhibited and she is ignoring personal space boundaries. Her mood is labile and at times volatile. Sandra stated that she had
been “on fire” for a week and had to get out of the house to dance and let her hair down. Her family, who are away for the public holiday long