Emergency Psychiatric Care

Emergency Psychiatric Care

Mental Health Emergencies

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Acute mental disorders, situational crises and psychiatric emergency are frequent and serious medical emergencies demanding urgent professional at­tention. 

Mental health and psychiatric emergencies are generally conditions that have resulted in disturbed behaviors or critical situations that if left unattended, can lead to serious, catastrophic, and life-threatening results. 

These emergencies demand highly skilled and educated professional intervention in a private environment with regard for human life, and respect for human dignity at an affordable cost. 

As most hospital emergency rooms may maintain primary mental health care personnel, specialized mental health and psychiatric services are not available at most hospitals. These facilities may not be able to provide the patient with privacy and prompt service they need and deserve during such critical situations; the cost of emergency hospital visits are further prohibitive.

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Overview

Splitting the mind and the soul from the body, as though they are separate entities, is a backward way of thinking; separating the diseases of the mind and the soul from the diseases of the body is an outdated medical idea. 

When the mind or the soul is sick, the body cries; when the body is sick, the mind and soul sympathize. 

It is laughable for individuals to be more comfortable and open to speak about, and get help for, killer diseases such as diabetes or cancer, but remain quiet and neglectful when experiencing a mental or emotional crises or disease that may lead them to suicide ... 

Don't suffer in silence. If you need help, please contact us. You may call us at 850-432-3334

These types of mental health emergencies may include, but are not limited to:

• Thoughts and intentions of committing suicide, or harming oneself 
• Thoughts and intentions of harming others 
• Acute depression 
• Mania and hypomania 
• Panic attack 
• Anxiety 
• Side effects to psychiatric medications 
• Imaginary behaviors (also known as delirium) such as carrying on a conversation with imaginary people not present, or reaching and picking imaginary objects from space 
• Changing or altered state of the mind in which the person seems aware and informed one minute but disoriented and confused the next minute 
• Relational conflicts 
• Obsessional, harmful thoughts 
• Paranoia 
• False perception, also known as hallucination, in which one may hear voices or see visions not sensible or recognizable by others 
• Unusual and improbable beliefs, also known as delusions 
• Disorganized behavior such as compulsive disrobing 
• Inappropriate social behavior such as urinating in public 
• Physical symptoms of craving for or withdrawal from drugs 
• Poor self-control and governance

Available Services Include:

• Pre-consultation Assessment: Assessment is provided by the psychiatric emergency triage specialist to determine the level and the type of emergency so that the appropriate psychiatric service could be arranged.
• Psychiatric Consultation
• Voluntary Hospital Admission
• Involuntary Hospital Admission
• Daily Hospital Visit
• Hospital Discharge
• Civil Commitment and Court Appearance