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Psychiatric Emergencies

The current shortage of psychiatric beds in the US is a major problem. Patients are discharged prematurely and often have to be readmitted or end up homeless or incarcerated.

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Gun violence by alienated, disgruntled individuals isn't new. So what changes may help account for our recent spate of mass shootings?

How targeted interventions may reduce the burden of premature mortality among patients with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.

This issue of Psychiatric Times covered government fraud, emergency psychiatry, PTSD in practicing psychiatrists, college mental health, and other critical issues.

Nearly half of children who present to emergency departments with self-harm receive no mental health assessment. What are the essential elements needed to interview children and adolescents in the context of a psychiatric emergency?

Jails have a much higher percentage of homeless mentally ill than does the general community, and those with psychiatric disorders (eg, schizophrenia) must often fend for themselves. Here are some solutions.

Currently, 1 in 15 youths undergoing psychiatric evaluation in the emergency department is restrained. This article covers diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that can reduce fear and put the young patient on a path to recovery.

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