A Case-Based Approach to Emergency Psychiatry by Katherine Maloy

By Katherine Maloy

Operating in an emergency division as a psychiatrist or psychological well-being clinician calls for a capability to realize a patient's rapport, identify a differential prognosis, determine chance and make disposition judgements in a fast paced and possibly chaotic environment. sufferers should be medically sick, agitated, intoxicated, or suicidal, and assets for therapy can be tough to entry. A Case-Based method of Emergency Psychiatry offers the emergency division clinician with vibrant and intricate situations, mentioned by means of psychiatrists who paintings day-by-day within the emergency surroundings, that illustrate simple ideas of review, analysis and therapy. those difficult and complicated circumstances are in keeping with the years of expertise of the authors mixed with present evidence-based practices and dialogue. hazard evaluate, psychosis, temper illness, substance abuse, ethics, forensic matters, and character problems are mentioned, besides baby and adolescent, geriatric, and developmental disabilities. unique awareness can also be paid to possible choices to inpatient care, momentary main issue intervention, and the interface among scientific and psychiatric health problems. The case-based layout permits the authors to hyperlink facets of the medical presentation to dialogue and literature assessment in a memorable and compelling format.

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Psychiatric Services 66(6): 578–​584. 8. American Psychiatric Association. (2003). Practice guideline for the assessment and treatment of patients with suicidal behaviors. ). 9. C. (1995). Psychological treatments in the psychiatric emergency service. New Directions for Mental Health Services 67: 77–​85. 10. , & Pfaelzer, C. (1995). Emergency pharmacotherapy: The evolving role of medications in the emergency department. New Directions for Mental Health Services 67: 87–​98. 3 Assessing Suicide Risk in Psychosis K AT H E R I N E M A LOY A N D YO N A H E E T T N E R S I LV E R M A N ■ CAS E H I STO RY: “ I D O N’T WA N T TO D O I T, I J U ST WA N T H EL P ” Mr.

Safety Given the nature of an emergency room, patients will frequently present in crises, and safety is a top priority. Patients with a history of mood disorder may present with acute manic or depressive symptoms. If manic, patients may exhibit agitated, dangerous behavior toward others. If acutely depressed or manic, patients may be brought in following self-​injury or a suicide attempt. Prior to your assessment, it is crucial to establish safety for the patient and for others. 4 Finding a safe environment for patients to be evaluated in the medical ED setting that does not have separated psychiatric facilities can be particularly challenging.

She has no 22 A C ase - B ased A pproach to E mergency P sychiatry history of psychiatric hospitalizations, no history of self-​harm or suicide attempts, and no history of violence. Substance Use History: Ms. S denies history of substance abuse. She reports drinking wine 2–​3 times per month, usually one glass. Medical History: She has a history of rheumatoid arthritis, currently stable, and is not currently on any steroids or other medications. She has no past hospitalizations. Social/​Developmental: Ms.

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