Reminiscence therapy (RT) is applicable to older adult patients with neurocognitive disorders because it uses all the senses to help patients to recall the events of the past. This therapy may, at times use conversations to ensure that the patients to bring back memories, which increases positive thoughts and reduce agitation and stress. Reminiscence therapy can be beneficial to patients with more than one clinical presentation because it works to boost confidence, lessen stress, increase cognition, and improve mood and behavior as well as improving the bond between the patients and his or her loved ones (Holreyd-Rudec & Reddy, 2012). On account that Reminiscence therapy is used to restore memory and the functioning of the brain, it can be used to treat patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s condition.
Non-pharmacological psychotherapeutic techniques are the least preferred methods applied to treat a neurocognitive disorder despite having been proven to be more efficient compared to pharmacological therapeutic techniques (Cowen, Harrison & Burns, 2012). In our day-to-day activities, coming across an ad aiming to persuade people to use different psychotropic drugs is a common event. Therefore, there is an extent to which psychotropic medications have been positioned in the society as the only model available that can be used to attend a neurocognitive disorder.
Research has proven that psychotherapy is efficient compared to psychotropic medications because they offer coping skills. In this regard, psychologists who apply psychotherapy methods identifies possible negative thinking and recommend necessary tools that may be used to challenge and replace these negative beliefs (Cowen, Harrison & Burns, 2012). Secondly, the use of psychotherapy helps the patients to trigger their reactions to situations, places, and specific fears. In addressing these reactions, psychotherapy helps patients to overcome the triggers of their neurocognitive disorders. Overcoming neurocognitive disorders help the patients recover their psychological well-being. Therefore, psychotherapy decreases the severity of depression and another symptom of anxiety.
However, despite having been proved to be an efficient way of dealing with neurocognitive disorders, psychotherapy techniques triggers the feeling of being unwell, mostly in the early stages. Some of the advanced effects of psychotherapy are that patients may develop thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or commit suicide (Storch & McKay, 2013). If such a case develops, a psychotherapist has the framework provided by this technique to understand the patient and devise a way of dealing with the symptoms in a way that is safe and supportive until the patient gets better and stronger.
Namenda tablets can be used in treating a patient suffering from a neurocognitive disorder. I picked Namenda tablets because they affect the brain chemicals that be unbalanced when the patients suffer from depression, anxiety, and panic. The medication is, therefore, used in treating symptoms of dementia that may be caused by Alzheimer’. I also picked Namenda tablets because they not addictive. Namenda tablets are metabolized through an N-gludantan conjugate, 1-nitosodeaminated memantine. Only 57 to 82% is absorbed by the body through metabolism, the rest of the administered drugs is excreted through the urine (Karch & Karch, 2014). It should be noted that bloating, dizziness, slow or fast heartbeat, rapid weight gain and nervousness are some of the side effects of Namenda tablets (Karch & Karch, 2014).
Cowen, P., Harrison, P., & Burns, T. (2012). Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Holroyd-Leduc, J., & Reddy, M. (2012). Evidence-Based Geriatric Medicine: A Practical Clinical Guide. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.
Karch, A., & Karch, A. M. (2014). Lippincott Nursing Drug Guide. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Storch, E. A., & McKay, D. (2013). Handbook of Treating Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders. Berlin: Springer Science & Business Media.
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