The case study:History of Present Illness

The case study you are referencing.

Subjective Objective

Patient’s Chief Complaints:

“ I am hearing voices ”

History of Present Illness

MM states she believes her boyfriend is cheating on her, which her boyfriend denies. She states she can hear two women talking about her boyfriend and her, how they have sex with her boyfriend and how KB isn’t good enough for him. This has been occurring for a few weeks now and the voices mock her daily. Her boyfriend has been caught cheating in the past and she is now wondering if the women she hears talking about her boyfriend are real or not. She has not asked anyone else if they can hear the women talking because what they have to say is so negative. She hears these women talking mostly at home with her boyfriend, especially at night, but sometimes she hears them when she is out too, especially when she is out in public with her boyfriend.

Past psychiatric history: None

Past Medical History: Occasional headaches, treated with OTC pain relievers.

Family History

· Father is alive, has hypertension.

· Mother is alive, has history of depression

· One brother, healthy

· one son age 4, alive and well

Social History

· Lives with fiancé and their 4-year-old son

· does not have any friends

· unemployed since her son was born

· High school graduate

· Nonsmoker

· Drinks socially, 1-2 times a week

· Several gasses of coke or sweet tea during the day

· vapes CBD occasionally, 1-2 times a week.

· no formal exercise

· no hobbies


Review of Systems

· occasional headache, relieved with acetaminophen

· appetite poor, weight stable

· sleeps 4-5 hours at night

Allergies: NKDA


Physical Examination: General

Alert, appropriately dressed Caucasian female in no apparent distress. She appears older than her stated age.

Vital Signs: BP-120/80, T-98.6F, P-88, RR-20, SpO2: 98%

Wt 110 lbs, Ht 5’6”

· Mental status exam:

•Cranial nerves II-VIII intact

Gait steady

•Denies headache and dizziness

Appearance: appropriate dress for age and situation, well nourished, eye contact poor, No apparent distress

Alertness and Orientation: fully oriented to person‚ place‚ time‚ and situation, Alert

Behavior: cooperative

Speech: soft, flat

Mood: euthymic

Affect: constricted, congruent

Thought Process: logical‚ linear

Thought content: No thoughts of suicide‚ self-harm‚ or passive death wish

Perceptions: No evidence of psychosis, no response to internal stimuli noted during interview, reports auditory hallucinations.

Memory: Recent and remote WNL

Judgement/Insight: Insight is fair, Judgement is poor

Attention and observed intellectual functioning: Attention intact for purpose of assessment.

Fund of knowledge: Good general fund of knowledge and vocabulary

Musculoskeletal: normal gait and station


Diagnosis: F20.9 Schizophrenia, unspecified





– Someone suggested treating the patient with Aripiprazole (Abilify).


Read and respond to the reply below with 1 paragraph-

“ I agree with your choice of  second generation antipsychotic (SGA) for this scenario. 

Additionally, it is available for $4 which will be helpful for this young mother who is not working.

 As we many times see akathisia with this agent, what would you tell her about it in advance and how would you treat her if she did report it?”


Respond as a Nurse Practitioner

Please provide 2 APA Scholarly references within 5 years. One of the references being

Stahl, S. M. (2021).  Stahl’s essential psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific basis and practical applications (5th ed.).  Cambridge University Press.  


Engage by asking questions, and offering new insights, applications, perspectives, information, or implications for practice. Communicate using respectful, collegial language and terminology appropriate to advanced nursing practice. Communicate with minimal errors in English grammar, spelling, syntax, and punctuation. current APA format to format citations and references and is free of errors. 1 paragraph needed with reference.





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