July 6th 2022
The new suicide hotline is launching July 16. Are we ready for it?
September 16th 2021
Mini Quiz: Psychiatric Emergency Assessment of YouthsDecember 3rd 2015
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?
Working With Law Enforcement to Provide Health Care for the Acute Mentally IllNovember 30th 2015
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.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Emergency: A Public Health ChallengeNovember 30th 2015
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.
Interviewing in the Emergency SettingNovember 30th 2015
Acute intoxication is the most likely culprit for an increased risk of violence or agitation, but personality, psychosis, and cognitive problems can all play a role. A skilled clinician can glean a great deal of information in a short period of time.
Transparent Notes in PsychiatryFebruary 25th 2015
Good documentation can be used by psychiatrists to enhance the physician-patient relationship. Of course, transparency could come at a price to practitioners, so following reasonable guidelines outlined in this article is key.
Welcoming Patients Back Into Our CommunityFebruary 5th 2015
Many years ago, the model approach to mental health treatment was the therapeutic community: "As Aristotle noted long ago, man is a social animal and only in a social unit can he experience a whole life." More in this blog.
Suicide Prevention in Diverse Populations: A Systems and Readiness Approach for Emergency SettingsNovember 3rd 2014
In the US, suicide is a leading cause of death, ranking third among youths aged 15 to 24. Rates of suicide attempts and death are highest among US Pacific Island indigenous youths. Emergency departments play a key role in suicide prevention, especially in this and other minority populations.
Strategies to Help Manage the Agitated PatientMay 2nd 2014
Agitation is a spectrum of symptoms . . . it can go all the way from being irritable up to pacing to lashing out to clenched fists to outright violence. Intervention via de-escalation techniques at an early stage is optimal. More in this podcast.
“Designer Drug” Use and Abuse: Implications for PsychiatristsNovember 12th 2013
Psychiatrists are urged to familiarize themselves with these new drugs and the typical presentations of patients who use them since implications of misdiagnosis can be far-reaching.