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Mental Health Care in the ER

Posted on: January 23rd, 2019 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Mental Health Care in the ER

Although the emergency room typically deals with physical health issues like injuries and illness, there are also mental health emergencies that need to be addressed in the hospital. When someone is having a mental health crisis, often the ER is the best place to get immediate assistance so that they are not a danger to themselves or others. Being safe during a mental health emergency should be the highest priority and the ER is able to provide basic mental health care to patients in need.

At the ER, staff are trained to handle mental health emergencies by asking certain questions to evaluate the severity of the situation. They can assess what type of issues you are dealing with and either recommend that you see a mental health professional or have you transferred to a treatment center that can provide you with the help you need. In some cases they might have a patient admitted to the hospital for a few days if they believe they are a danger to themselves.

The ER can admit patients who are struggling with mental health issues such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any other problem that has escalated into a crisis. A mental health emergency usually means that the person has reached the point of a break down and may have become violent, has the intent to harm themselves or others or has attempted suicide. The ER is a place to keep you or your loved one safe until they can be provided with proper mental health treatment.

Although the ER is equipped to deal with a crisis temporarily, it is important for the patient to follow up and receive long term treatment and care at a mental health facility. After a stay at the hospital, they may consider enrolling in a residential recovery program to treat their disorder.

5150 Involuntary Psychological Hold Overview

Posted on: December 22nd, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Psychiatric Hold

There are certain extreme situations in which a person may involuntarily be taken into custody to be evaluated and placed into psychological treatment. Although this type of circumstance seems common in movies and tv shows, it is actually a rare occurrence and medical providers must go through many obstacles to force a patient into treatment. It is usually reserved for very severe cases where danger and harm may be involved.

Psychological holds were more common in the U.S. a century ago but eventually activists worked to make it harder to bring someone into custody unnecessarily. There is now a much more strict legal standard for involuntary commitment to prevent healthy individuals from being held against their will. When someone is committed it is now for the protection of general society or for the person’s own safety.

An individual can be forced into psychiatric care if police or medical officials believe that they are likely to hurt others because of violent or erratic behavior. Rather than be placed in prison, someone who likely has an undiagnosed mental illness can benefit from being placed in a psychiatric facility where they can be assessed and treated. Violent individuals may have issues with psychosis and require medication as well as long term treatment.

Another circumstance which may lead to involuntary psychological hold is a case in which the individual has threatened or attempted to commit suicide. Police are legally allowed to force someone into care if they are a danger to themselves but it most often occurs with minors or for those with a disability. In either case, involuntary commitment is usually limited to a 72 hour hold so that the individual can receive medical treatment and evaluation.

Involuntary holds usually only take place in very dangerous situations but they can be helpful in preventing harm or tragedy with medical support.