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Psychiatric emergencies in asylum seekers 

Psychiatric emergencies in asylum seekers
Psychiatric emergencies in asylum seekers

Georgios Schoretsanitis

, Dinesh Bhugra

, and Aristomenis Exadaktylos

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date: 18 May 2021

In this chapter, we review data on psychiatric emergencies and related symptoms in asylum seekers. In recent years, there has been an enormous increase in the migration of displaced people throughout the world, and mental health care for these highly vulnerable individuals is a major public health challenge for Western health systems. Current research often investigates asylum seekers and other immigrant or refugee groups on the basis of epidemiological data. Nevertheless, these people are exposed to different types of mental health risks and thus have to be assessed separately. This chapter will first consider available data on the prevalence of post-migratory stressors, psychiatric symptoms, and mental disorders that may underlie psychiatric emergencies for asylum seekers. How asylum seekers utilize mental health care services in the acute setting will be evaluated and current knowledge will be used to develop a decision-making algorithm for clinicians.

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