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17 - Psychiatric Evaluation in the Medical Setting

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 July 2021

Audrey Walker
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Steven Schlozman
Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Alpert
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
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One out of every twenty emergency department (ED) visits in the United States is due to a psychiatric issue. Providing a gateway between the community and the mental health system, psychiatry emergency clinicians are responsible for assessing and managing a wide array of clinical presentations and conditions. Among emergency mental health-related visits, substance-related disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and suicide attempts are among the most prevalent presentations. Although urgent conditions are common, increasing numbers of patients who present to the emergency department seek treatment for routine or non-acute psychiatric symptoms. Some patients self-refer to the emergency department, while others may be referred by family, friends, outpatient treatment providers, public agencies, or representatives of the law enforcement system.

Introduction to Psychiatry
Preclinical Foundations and Clinical Essentials
, pp. 415 - 447
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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