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TitleEmergency Psychiatry [electronic resource] : Concepts, Methods, and Practices / edited by Ellen L. Bassuk, Ann W. Birk
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1984
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Descript XXII, 445 p. online resource


This eagerly awaited volume occupies an important place in the series Critical Issues in Psychiatry. Most mental health professionals are quite at home with ordinary day-to-day crises of clinical practice but relatively unprepared for the true psychiatric emergency. Such emergencies are too infrequent for most of us to experience a real sense of competence. On the other hand, emergency room psychiatrists as well as residents and other trainees have long wished for a truly comprehensive textbook that would cover the spectrum of emergency psychiatry. This book is just such a definitive and comprehensive volume for the specialist, while at the same time a clear, succinct, and comprehensive reference for the clinician. of emergency care, The authors consistently present a systematic model emphasizing the interconnection between the process of emergency intervenยญ tion and the specific features of clinical crisis. They are true to the principle that one's system of care should be built on priorities. It is immediately apparent that these are highly experienced clinicians as well as teachers. It is difficult to imagine a clinical situation that is not addressed by this book. It includes chapters on triage, assessment, and treatment planning; emerยญ gencies associated with all the various psychopathologies; age groups from childhood to old age; the emergency management of violent and suicidal paยญ tients as well as rape and disaster victims; emergencies secondary to substance abuse and prescribed medications; psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacolยญ ogic intervention; as well as the relevant legal, social, and community issues in emergency care


I. Emergency Care: An Overview -- I. The Concept of Emergency Care -- II. The Process of Emergency Care -- 2. The First Few Minutes: Identifying and Managing Life-Threatening Emergencies -- 3. Legal Issues in a Psychiatric Emergency Setting -- 4. General Principles of Pharmacologic Management in the Emergency Setting -- 5. The Therapeutic Stance -- III. Patients and Clinical Syndromes 1: Potentially Life-Threatening -- 6. Emergency Management of Potentially Violent Patients -- 7. Emergency Care of Suicidal Patients -- IV. Patients and Clinical Syndromes 2: Medication-Related/Toxic Origins -- 8. Alcohol Use and Abuse -- 9. Drug Use and Abuse -- 10. Emergency Presentations Related to Psychiatric Medication -- V. Patients and Clinical Syndromes 3: Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Disturbances -- 11. Acute Psychoses -- 12. Presentation of Depression in an Emergency Setting -- 13. Emergency Care of Anxious Patients -- VI. Patients and Clinical Syndromes 4: Victims of Situational Crises -- 14. Psychological Management of Disaster Victims -- 15. Emergency Care of Rape Victims -- 16. Emergency Care of Battered Women -- 17. Child Abuse and Neglect -- VII. Patients and Clinical Syndromes 5: Special Populations -- 18. Psychiatric Emergencies in Children and Adolescents -- 19. Elderly Psychiatric Emergency Patients -- VIII. Special Settings, Circumstances, and Approaches -- 20. Managing Emergencies in the Practice of Psychotherapy -- 21. General Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Services -- 22. Psychiatric Emergency Care in Resource-Poor Areas -- 23. Psychiatric Home Visiting Services -- 24. The Telephone in Psychiatric Emergencies -- 25. Role of Family and Networks in Emergency Psychotherapy -- 26. Crisis Groups

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