What are the different psychiatric emergency types?

by cadabamshospital

30 April,2020 | 4 weeks read

Psychiatric emergencies can be broadly classified into the following types.

  • Suicidal behaviour - If you feel that you or someone you love may self-harm and are showing signs of withdrawing from society and isolation. 

  • Violent or aggressive behaviour - Any kind of uncontrolled aggressive behaviour over a period of time can stem due to mental illness. 

  • Psychosis or Mania - When the individual is not in control of their behaviour and are unable to help themselves. 

  • Addiction or substance abuse/overdose - When addiction to a substance is hampering an individuals health. Acute intoxication as a result of bingeing and loss of control over behaviour, rage, hallucinations, confusion and disorientation are common signs. 

  • Personality disorders - Hostile behaviour along with episodes of psychosis, suspicious behaviour or delusions may be suffering from a personality disorder. 

  • Anxiety - If you’re suffering from panic attacks and are unable to bear the anxiety you may need to check-in for emergency treatment. 

  • Abuse or trauma - Physical, mental or sexual abuse such as rape can have a severe impact on mental health. Victims may suffer from fear, extreme anxiety, panic attacks, rage, guilt or shame.