A client with a bipolar disorder exhibits manic behavior. The nursing diagnosis is Disturbed thought processes related to difficulty concentrating, secondary to flight of ideas. Which of the following outcome criteria would indicate improvement in the client?
A. The client verbalizes feelings directly during treatment. B. The client verbalizes positive “self” statement. C. The client speaks in coherent sentences. D. The client reports feelings calmer.
A client exhibiting flight of ideas typically has a continuous speech flow and jumps from one topic to another. Speaking in coherent sentences is an indicator that the clients concentration has improved and his thoughts are no longer racing. The remaining options do not relate directly to the stated nursing diagnosis.