What to do in a mental health emergency
Just like any other medical emergency, a mental health emergency should be addressed immediately by a physician. However, many patients and families are unsure when emergency care is necessary for mental health conditions. When our office is unavailable outside of regular business hours, you should call 9-1-1 or head to the emergency room. Below you will find more information about situations requiring this level of care.
What Constitutes a Mental Health Emergency?
Generally, any threat to a person’s own wellbeing or a threat of violence against others will be considered a psychiatric emergency. Additionally, emergency care may be needed for any physical side effects of psychiatric medications. If you experience any of the following, it is time to seek emergency care.
Medication Side Effects
Psychiatric medications may cause a wide range of side effects. While some may be minor, others can require emergency care. When you are prescribed any medication, carefully review the potential side effects with your pharmacist. If you notice that any serious side effects develop, then don’t hesitate to seek emergency care.