Key Features

  • Organizes information by patient presentation to help you distinguish among conditions that present with similar symptoms.
  • Discusses medical conditions presenting with psychiatric symptoms, where appropriate.
  • Highlights critical information in "Hazard Signs" boxes for quick, at-a-glance review.
  • Uses acronyms and memory aids to enhance recall of information in moments of crisis.
  • Features a chapter discussing the psychiatric effects of bioterrorism.
  • Offers an Improved Suicide Risk Scale with criteria on impulsivity, plan, and lethal level of attempt.
  • Provides valuable tips on interviewing and interacting with patients in various situations, as techniques will vary from depressed suicidal patients to manic and potentially assaultive individuals.
  • Includes appendixes that discuss common psychiatric medications used and important lab values in the ER.

Table of Contents

1. The Suicidal Patient

2. The Severely Depressed Patient

3. The Violent Patient

4. The Acutely Anxious Patient

5. Mania

6. The Delirious Patient

7. Psychiatric Assessment

8. Geriatric Emergencies

9. Psychiatric Emergencies Related to Medical Illnesses

10. Childhood and Adolescent Emergencies

11. Psychiatric Aspects of Seizure Disorders

12. Schizophrenia and the Acutely Psychotic Patient

13. Personality Disorders and Psychiatric Emergencies

14. Victims of Abuse

15. Disasters and Extreme Traumas

16. Crisis Intervention and Debriefing

17. Drug and Alcohol Emergencies

18. Emergent Medications and Psychopharmacological Adverse Effects

19. Factitious Disorders/ Malingering / Drug-Seeking Behaviors

20. Medicolegal Aspects of Emergency Psychiatry

21. Spirituality


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