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Managing psychiatric emergencies 

Managing psychiatric emergencies
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Managing psychiatric emergencies
Author(s):

Hussien Elkholy

, Ahmed A. Abd Elgawad

, Nagendra Bendi

, and Julian Beezhold

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198723646.003.0017
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date: 30 November 2021

Early career psychiatrists are often challenged by certain situations that are difficult to manage. Dealing with psychiatric emergencies needs thorough training and knowledge. Psychiatric emergencies can be medical in nature (e.g. arrhythmias) or psychiatric (or behavioural) problems (e.g. agitation). Emergencies can take place in either a psychiatric setting or a medical one. This chapter covers the most important psychiatric emergencies, including medication side-effects, behavioural problems, and suicide. Each topic is discussed in relation to diagnosis and management and other important information that a psychiatrist should know.

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