Discussion: Treatment of Psychiatric Emergencies in Children Versus Adults

Discussion: Treatment of Psychiatric Emergencies in Children Versus Adults

The diagnosis of psychiatric emergencies can include a wide range of problems—from serious drug reactions to abuse and suicidal ideation/behaviors. Regardless of care setting, the PMHNP must know how to address emergencies, coordinate care with other members of the health care team and law enforcement officials (when indicated), and effectively communicate with family members who are often overwhelmed in emergency situations.

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In this week’s Discussion, you compare treatment of adult psychiatric emergency clients to child or adolescent psychiatric emergency clients.Discussion: Treatment of Psychiatric Emergencies in Children Versus Adults

To Prepare:

  • Review the Learning Resources concerning emergency psychiatric medicine.
  • Consider a case where your adult client had a psychiatric emergency.

 

Post:

  • Briefly describe the case you selected.
  • Explain how you would treat the client differently if he or she were a child or adolescent.
  • Explain any legal or ethical issues you would have to consider when working with a child or adolescent emergency case.

References to look at:

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2014). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

  • Chapter 23, “Emergency Psychiatric Medicine” (pp. 785–790)
  • Chapter 31, “Child Psychiatry” (pp. 1226–1253)

 

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

  • “Bipolar and Related Disorders”

Discussion: Treatment of Psychiatric Emergencies in Children Versus Adults