A psychiatric emergency is a sudden change in a patient’s behaviour, thinking, or mood that, if left untreated, could cause harm to the patient or those in the surroundings. As a result, unlike other medical emergencies, the danger of harm to society is also considered when defining a psychiatric emergency. Major emergencies include a threat to the person’s life or the lives of others in their environment, while mild emergencies pose no threat to life but inflict significant suffering.
The first thing is to de-escalate the situation through talks. Avoid confrontation no matter what. Then seek help from your nearest healthcare provider and follow their advice throughout the process.
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