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substance abuse

Category: Case Study

Subcategory: Nursing

Level: College

Pages: 2

Words: 550

Course level
Substance abuse
For an individualized health plan to be developed by the school nurse for the student, a complete history of the stated mental health problem (bipolar disorder) and substance abuse problem has to be provided. The boy is an adolescent, from the African-American community that can help in the making of the individualized healthcare plan. This plan is essential since it contributes to improving educational quality attained by the student as they study. Their family financial situation should be elaborated and the kind of neighbor they share, to help link the health problems ass the intervention is being designed. The various health challenges that the adolescent exhibited can be managed through inter-disciplinary healthcare experts. For instance, a psychiatrist can help control the bipolar disorder that a psychologist can help with the drug abuse problem. The individual healthcare plan will be in effect once the healthcare provider, the student, and the family members agree to the formal written statement, concerning the treatment regimen.
The plan helps the school to obtain the information that can be used to provide special education for students dealing with given health conditions like the ones stated above. The student will use the information to avoid unwanted risks, to deal with stigma, and ensure they are always present for learning sessions. The plan helps the student to realize their academic, physical, social, and emotional objectives. The individualized healthcare plan is required by the state and federal government, so it’s of legal importance. During the development of the plan, the school staff is educated, and peers are sensitized concerning a particular condition, to help care for those students with the problem as they help them realize their social goals. Without an individualized healthcare plan, the student may not access emergency help efficiently, they student may not get adequate access to the relevant medication.
I. How many years has he been suffering from the bipolar disorder?
II. What is the duration that he as suffered from the drug abuse problem?
III. How would you rate the status of your family’s finances on the scale of low, middle, and high income?
IV. Which drugs has he been using in his drug abuse problem?
V. How would you talk about drug abuse in relation to your neighborhood?
During the presentation before the nurse, the boy seems restless by moving from one place to another. This is unexpected for a 15-year-old boy, in a setting like this. The mother has explained that the boy has been expelled from two schools due to his deteriorating behaviors. The boy has a tendency of forgetting his medication if not placed strategically. Another element of his behavior that should concern the nurse is the acting out that his mother reported since she started attending the new working place. The form presentation observation could be linked with the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder and drug abuse problem as shown in (“Bipolar Disorder in Adults.”….. Para 1-5). For instance, bipolar patients are characterized by a shift of behavior from the regular expected to antisocial behaviors which affects relationships negatively. This is typical with bot being expelled from two schools linked to his behaviors. The changing of sitting positions from one point to another within a short duration is a sign of being restless. Restlessness is a typical characteristic of drug abuse patients as indicated in (Todd and Heidi p.503). With all those behaviors and their connection to his health problems, the nurse should take note of those behaviors to trace their origin.
Work cited
“Bipolar Disorder in Adults.” NIMH RSS. 2013. Web. 2 Dec. 2015. <>.
Todd Monroe and Heidi Kenaga. Don’t ask don’t tell: substance abuse and addiction among nurses. Blackwell Publishing. (2010)Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20, 504–509. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03518.x