Psychiatric Emergmcy is the treatment of disorders of mood, thought and behavior in an emergency setting. Psychiatric emergencies are conditions in which there is alteration in behaviors, emotion or thought presenting in an acute form needing immediate attention and care.
Psychiatric Emergency care is a time limited form of treatment available to clients who are unable or unwilling to utilize other forms of psychiatric treatment. These services are aimed at solving an immediate problem faced by the client and hisher family. As an alternative resource, it offers easy accessible care, access to highly trained psychiatric staff, minimal stigmatization when associated with general hospital setting and fewer motivational constraints when requesting care.
Psychiatric emergencies are seen mostly in emergency room of a hospital, but these can be encountered in any routine psychiatric set up. Psychiatric emergencies do not mean that patients are suffering from only psychiatric disorders. They may be present due to medical conditions or conditions unrelated to medical field like disaster, rape and violence.