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.
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:
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:
If a loved one exhibits the above symptoms, then look for our mental health ER.
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.
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:
Our astute psychiatrist will provide a safe environment for you to calm down so as the proper assessment can be carried out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.