Psychiatric emergencies in the elderly population.

  title={Psychiatric emergencies in the elderly population.},
  author={Joanna Piechniczek-Buczek},
  journal={Emergency medicine clinics of North America},
  volume={24 2},
  pages={467-90, viii}
This article reviews the most common behavioral emergencies in the geriatric population. Psychiatric emergencies are seen frequently by emergency physicians who face the challenge of assessing and managing patients presenting with psychosis, severe depression, agitation, suicidal intent, and substance abuse in the emergency department. The evaluation is frequently complicated by the necessity to investigate numerous domains such as underlying medical conditions, prior psychiatric disorders and… CONTINUE READING
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