Effects Of Alcoholism In Youth

Alcoholism is medically diagnosed as a disease that exhibits itself in the individual’s frequent use of alcohol irrespective of its negative consequences. Death due to alcohol abuse is over 100,000 and is in an ever-increasing state; from accidents to organ failures the effect is far and reaching. Alcohol consumption affects the individual both mentally and […]

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Alcoholism: When can suddenly ...

You went out last night. Did you had a drink. You feel like you’ve been drinking too much and you want to stop so you stop. Most people feel like that after a lot of occasional drinking. However, social or occasional infrequent drinking is not alcoholism. Suddenly stopping drinking can be a bad idea. If you […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Treatment...

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10 Signs You May Have Obsessiv...

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How to Stop Porn Addiction?

As most of us realize there is a great and lot deal of porn floating around the web these days. With porn so easy to come by it, there is also a little surprising fact that porn addiction is on the rise and no wonder how it is fueled. Many people will and may be […]

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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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