OCD Symptoms

OCD Symptoms- It is normal, on occasion to go and double check the things that we all missed or not remembered. For instance, checking ‘the door is locked or not’, ‘checking pocket for a wallet’. But what if this loop keeps repeating for ‘n’ number of time. This medical condition is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

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12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymo...

Are you in search of the best recovery process for yourself or for your close one to come out of Alcohol addiction? You are not alone. It is possible with 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous programs. What are these 12 step programs helping quit alcohol and how do they work? Alcoholics Anonymous is a process of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic disorder that is characterized by feelings of fear, unreasonable or obsessive thoughts such as a person feels the need to repeat a task like washing his/her hands repetitively even when it is unnecessary or arranging the objects over and over again. This can even lead to severe OCD that […]

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What is OCD?

What is OCD behavior!- Nation Institute of Mental Health states that about 2 percent of the population currently suffers from OCD- Which is comparatively higher than the individuals who are suffering from other illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar and ADHD. Researchers believe that both environmental and neurobiological predispositions collectively play a vital role wherein the individual […]

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Types of Addiction

Anything taken to an excessive level can result in addiction.  The types of addiction range from the substance like alcohol to behaviors like gambling. Dependence can be both emotional and behavioral.  Common symptoms are seen in addiction: Numerous failed attempts to stop the behavior Withdrawal symptoms Lack of Control over the intake Risk-Taking Behavior Being secretive about their addictive […]

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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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