Everything You Need to Know About Psychiatric

Everything You Need to Know About Psychiatric Emergency 

01 Apr 2020

It is not uncommon for most people to rush a child or a loved one to the emergency room when they are physically unwell. But most families have a difficult time spotting a psychiatric emergency. Many people might even downplay psychiatric emergencies and not look for a mental health ER.

What you might take lightly can turn out to be a dangerous or life-threatening scenario that might need immediate medical attention. Looking for a psychiatrist near you shouldn’t be the last resort.

A staggering 44 million American adults experience mental illness every year, and the number is expected to increase in the coming years.

What Constitutes a Psychiatric Emergency?

In a nutshell, a psychiatric emergency is the application of psychiatry in an emergency. This encompasses scenarios where the individual can pose as a threat or a danger to oneself or others.

Either the patient can be aware of the danger they pose and are consumed with the idea of suicide, or he or she can be oblivious to the fact that they are a danger.

Some of the common situations that can be classified as emergencies are:

    • Violent Behavior

Nearly 17% of the emergencies are homicidal, and approximately 5% are both homicidal and suicidal. Violent behavior can be linked to different mental health issues like an antisocial personality disorder, acute psychosis, acute intoxication, and borderline personality disorder.
Some of the physical signs you might notice can be:

      • Clenching of jaws or fists
      • Slamming doors
      • Pacing
      • Hitting palms with fists

If a loved one exhibits the above symptoms, then look for our mental health ER.

    • Substance Abuse and Dependence

In as much as substance abuse is a long term problem that needs time and could be termed as a non-emergency situation, there are times when they can cause psychotic symptoms. There can be episodes of confusion, hallucinations, disorientation, increased aggressiveness, violence, delusions, and rage.

    • Anxiety

At times anxiety can be extreme to the point that you cannot bear it anymore. In this case, it is wise to visit an anxiety psychiatrist. Feelings of anxiety may manifest in various ways from an underlying psychiatric disorder or illness.

The psychiatric disorder can be:

      • Post-traumatic stress disorder
      • Adjustment disorder
      • Generalized anxiety disorder
      • Panic disorder

Our astute psychiatrist will provide a safe environment for you to calm down so as the proper assessment can be carried out.

    • Abuse

If you are a victim of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or rape, it can result in significant psychological and physical changes. These changes can result in extreme anxiety, confusion, helplessness, hostility, shame, etc.

Our psychiatrist will work together with other medical practitioners so as you can get treated if there has been a physical injury.

    • Suicidal Thoughts and Suicide Attempts

Suicide is a silent killer that claims 129 lives per day, and 90% of the ones who died, had a diagnosable psychiatric disease. There are nearly 1.4 million suicide attempts recorded yearly, which means that many people are a risk to themselves and need immediate psychiatric attention.

Suicide can be a result of different things, including biological or psychosocial issues. A non-agitated suicidal patient seems to be less of a challenge as compared to the agitated one. But both scenarios are treated as emergencies.

    • Psychosis

People exhibiting psychotic symptoms are the ones who are common in emergency rooms. It is not easy to pin the exact cause of psychosis, but with the proper diagnosis, the root cause is always found.

    • Personality Disorders

If you or your loved one has a personality disorder you will not complain about the symptoms that accompany the disease. But the people around you will notice that you or your loved one will show suspicious or combative behavior, delusion, or brief psychotic episodes.

    • Disasters

Natural disasters and other hazards can be a source of severe psychological trauma, which can lead to various psychiatric disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder. Our emergency services are designed to help you cope with the after-effects of the tragic event.

The psychological effects can cause the following symptoms:

      • Nightmares
      • Withdrawal from society
      • Loss of appetite
      • Fatigue
      • Depression
      • Insomnia
      • Panic attacks
      • Tormenting memories
      • Dysphoria
      • Memory lapses

What to Expect in a Psychiatric Emergency

Any form of treatment that you will receive most of the time is to stabilize you. To get you out of the emergency and then run the necessary diagnosis.

Our psychiatrist will do the following:

      • Assess the concerning behavior
      • Transfer the patient to an emergency department to reduce risk
      • Establish a course of treatment

A psychiatric emergency is life-threatening and requires immediate attention. If you are in an emergency, do not panic but contact Memorial Village ER, we are capable of handling any emergency.

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