Dig Fast Mnemonic: Nursing Study Tips for Manic Attack

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Manic Attack DIG FAST Nursing Mnemonics, Nursing School Study Tips’ by NURSINGcom w/Jon Haws, RN

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The video discusses a mnemonic for signs of mania in nursing.

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  • The video discusses a mnemonic to remember the signs and symptoms of a mania episode.
  • The mnemonic is DIGFAST: Distractibility, Indiscretion, Grandiosity, Flight of ideas, Activity increase, Sleep deficit, and Talkative.
  • The video provides a personal experience of encountering a manic patient during nursing school.
  • The patient exhibited symptoms such as excessive spending, belief in government conspiracies, distractibility, poor judgment, grandiosity, rapid change of ideas, increased activity, sleep deficit, and talkativeness.
  • The mnemonic serves as a tool to remember the key indicators of a manic episode for healthcare professionals.
  • The video is part of the Nursing Mnemonics Podcast by NRSNG.com.

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All right, so this next mnemonic is to help you remember the signs and symptoms of a mania episode. So I remember when I was in nursing school and I had my first clinical for mental health, and one of the first few clinicals, we had a patient that he was admitted for this episode of mania. A very brand new diagnosis for him. His family was pretty taken aback by everything and really didn’t know how to handle it. I think it was about in his 30s. Had a couple kids, a wife, like very well-to-do, very well put together, very wealthy, but had spent like $15,000 at Walmart and like was talking about all these government conspiracies and very distracted and very go, go, go all the time. Wasn’t sleeping. They were very concerned because it was very out of characteristic for this man. So they brought him into the emergency department and he ended up getting admitted for having this episode of mania, and it was very interesting because he was, you know, when you look up the signs and symptoms, very classic.

So the mnemonic is DIGFAST, D-I-G-F-A-S-T. So D, distractibility. If you can imagine, you know, you get 10 nursing students and about 10, 15 patients on this unit and, you know, you get your big day room and, you know, sitting there, trying to have a conversation with him was very difficult because he was so easily distracted, even in group. Like we all would sit together and have a group and just getting him to focus on the conversation at hand was very difficult.

The next one, I, indiscretion. So he had very poor judgment, lack of ability to see kind of the consequences of various actions. Clearly when he’s spending all his money, knocking out his savings and using, spending a bunch of money at Walmart, like those kind of issues. Also had this issue of grandiosity, like he was better than what was going on and above everything and everyone that was there and too good to be there kind of situation. So this idea of grandiosity. So that’s the first part, DIG, distractibility, indiscretion, grandiosity.

The next one is FAST, F-A-S-T, F-light of ideas. So you talk about one thing and you couldn’t just sit there and talk about it. It’d go, you know, from idea to idea and it was really, really hard to get him to focus in because you’d say one thing, go for a mile a minute on this and then one thing he would say, make him think about this and he would go to the next thing and then the next thing and it was just super difficult to have a structured conversation with this person.

The next one is A, activity increase, all over the place, could not sit, could not hang out. It was just from thing to thing to thing. Oh, I want to go do a puzzle. Oh, I want to go do this. Oh, I’m going to go grab a magazine. Oh, let’s talk about this. You know, from thing to thing to thing.

The S is a sleep deficit. You know, they’re going like a mile a minute. So they’re not sleeping at all and sleep is not a concern. They can go extremely long periods of time without sleeping or even realize they haven’t slept. And then the T is talkative. Naturally, all the things that I just discussed, they’re going to be very talkative.

So I’ll go through that again. It’s DIGFAST, D-I-G-F-A-S-T, D, distractibility, I, indiscretion, G, grandiosity, F, light of ideas, A, activity increase, S, sleep deficit, and T, talkative.

This has been another episode of the Nursing Mnemonics Podcast by NRSNG.com with your host, Katie Kleber, RN, CCRN. To grab all of our nursing cheat sheets, head over to NRSNG.com/freebies. That’s NRSNG.com/freebies. Thank you so much for being here today. We love you guys. We thank you so much. We want to see you guys succeed. Listen, we’re all in this together. Now go out and be your best self today.

Happy nursing.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Manic Attack DIG FAST Nursing Mnemonics, Nursing School Study Tips’ by NURSINGcom w/Jon Haws, RN