Nursing Care Plan and Diagnosis for Anxiety

Learning Outcomes in this Care Plan

  • Types of the anxiety disorders
  • Nursing panic disorder
  • Slow breathing exercises
  • Nursing obsessive compulsive disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Three types of signs and symptoms are associated with anxiety patients.
These include, physical, emotional and cognitive signs and symptoms.

Physical Signs and Symptoms

They include nausea, dizziness. tremors, upset stomach, chest pain, sleeping disturbances, feeling uncoordinated, profuse sweating, rapid heart rate, and high blood pressure.


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Cognitive S&S

Cognitive sings and symptoms include following:

  • Decreased ability to think.
  • Increased thoughts
  • Decreased ability to solve confusions
  • Memory disturbances
  • Decreased Concentration
  • Decreased ability to Concentration
  • Thought to block distressing dreams

Emotional S&S

Cognitive sings and symptoms include following:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Feeling isolated
  • Feeling Abandoned
  • Wanting to hide

Sample Nursing Care Plan

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Nursing Assessment

Cultural belief is a very common cause of anxiety. Therefore, assess for any stressful condition that is related to anxiety.
Notice how the patient is trying to overcome his anxiety? Ask them how they get anxious, what makes them anxious and how they usually respond to anxiety.
Ask the patient, Do you think you are anxious right now?


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Nursing Interventions

Look for the patient’s understanding and awareness of the anxiety.
Talk to the patient, very peacefully and in a meaningful way.
Try to avoid arguments with the patient, and accept everything the patient says.
Be very gentle and polite with the patient.
While explaining something to the patient, try to be as explanatory as possible. Do not use medical language.
Help patient with mental counseling and tell them they can easily cope with the issue they are having. It’s all in their mind.
Tell the patient to be as positive as possible.
Explain the patient how to use anti-anxiety medications.

Medications

  • Benzodiazipines
  • Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Beta-Blockers (Non-Selective)

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