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What is a rehabilitation center? A rehabilitation centre is a place where an individual can work over his addiction issues under supervised environments that aid addiction recovery with ease. All these treatments and therapies are carried out by well-trained mental health professionals including a psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, psychologists, counselors, nurses & support staffs. With the […]

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Psychological revelation behin...

Folie à Famille translated ‘a folly of family’, the term talks about a shared psychotic disorder among a group of family members as opposed to shared between two people (folie à deux). This is a rare condition because of which effective treatments have not been well-established. However, last week we saw an incident in Delhi […]

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Are You Feeling Suicidal? How ...

Wanting to overcome suicidal thoughts? Firstly, the thought to overcome the suicidal thoughts itself is a sign of positivity. You may think feeling suicidal is a sign of permanent weakness and flew. Actually, it isn’t, feeling suicidal is just a temporary negative mindset that makes you experience intense sadness. During this intense episode majority of […]

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How to Help Someone with Drug ...

Want to help someone with Drug and Alcohol Addiction? A relative, a dear friend, a sibling, a co-worker? Early drug and alcohol abuse education is one of the best ways to start with. Everyone involved needs to be educated, from parents and educators to children and adults. Each needs to know the risks of altered […]

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Depression is an Illness, Not ...

For as long as health professionals can remember, our country has developed a negative stigma towards depression illness. People suffering from depression tend to suffer in silence, or not seek the appropriate treatment because of the shame associated with admitting they have a mental illness. Currently, people diagnosed with depression illness are viewed as broken, […]

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Emergency Psychiatric Care Tailored For You

Emergency Psychiatric Care Tailored For You

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Until recently emergency psychiatric responses from organized Hospitals in the overall Indian context was not well known off. This has paradoxical reasons. On the one hand there was insufficient mental health care infrastructure to favorably respond to a crisis situation while the other story is that with enhanced mental health care  in society the number of recovery individuals has increased in leaps and bounds making a severe relapse situation possible and hence has made an emergency psychiatric care viable. Once in the hospital the next step follows, that is, emergency psychiatric evaluation of the patient. Below we discuss each of these elements in detail.

Emergency measures in a psychiatric setting such as attempts or thought of suicide, extreme violent or aggressive behavior to oneself or others, substance abuse or dangerous addictive behavior and such like are in turn treated by physicians, psychiatrists, clinical psychologist, social workers and qualified nursing staff. The therapy required is complex as it could involve potentially life threatening situations and this could explain the limited spread of this facility in our environment so far in terms of its growth. Hence, accurate diagnosis in short time period and its treatment is the essence of the problem. What makes it more challenging for the professional is that there is no one single type of stereotyped emergency and it is still evolving as the professionals who have gathered sufficient exposure are the trend setters and leaders in the field.

Emergency psychiatric care as it suggests is of a short term critical health stabilization nature. Once this is achieved an alternative setting has to be found for rehabilitation, recovery and inclusion back to society. The nature of psychiatric medication will depend on the severity of the crisis and the ease of availability of the medicine for the diagnoses at issue. Of late the rapid growth of the pharmacy industry in psychiatric segment has made the general medicine relatively redundant.

Emergency psychiatric evaluation was of a crucial nature from its early days but the limited knowledge in this field until some years back made the diagnosis and prognosis an issue of contention. It is important and largely dependent on the observation of the committed patient/involuntary patient as no communication other than the feedback from the family/friends/associates that may be aware of his situation may disclose of his behavior pattern/habits/wrong doings in his personal life.

This emergency intervention lasts for a short period at the hospital by when the treating team takes the patients consent and other legal requirements that are necessary for their treatment which may be of an involuntary nature. This makes the statutory fulfillment  even more important. This is a field of study still in its early days and is technically called Disposition.

All these facilities are available in the Cadabam’s Group of Hospital and Rehabilitation centers, both in the specialties of Psychiatry and Deaddiction. Do not wait for the emergency   to wake you. If a situation is looming large in your environment please inform the concerned individual(s) to get sufficient information from and about the Cadabam’s Facilities. You may save yourself a lot of pain and anxious moments!!

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