Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, explains psychiatric emergencies can be related to depressed patients who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and may attempt against their life or psychotic episodes where they are not in touch with reality. She says people using drugs or alcohol and become intoxicated and could potentially cause any harm to themselves or others are psychiatric emergencies as well. She points out they provide adequate treatment to counteract the signs and symptoms of the condition patients are experiencing.
Ana Lara, Outpatient Psychiatry Supervisor with Banyan Health, says ER is not always fully equipped to handle a psychiatric emergency, and it is better to go to centralized receiving facilities and crisis units where they are better equipped for the patient to come in and get the treatment as quickly as possible. Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, explains there are several treatment options. One of them is outpatient treatment, another one is being admitted into a crisis stabilization unit for a major psychiatric emergency in which there is a potential for suicidal behavior.
The following questions are helpful to talk to your children about mental health: Can you tell me more about what is happening?, how are you feeling?, have you had feelings like this in the past?, and how can I help you feel better? Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, says with those questions you are opening the doors for a conversation that will allow you to identify if there is a problem and if they need help. She explains people experience feelings that could be negative or positive. If you do not discuss them or talk about them, the bad feelings build up until they become destructive.
Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, says 800,000 people commit suicide every year in the world, and for each one of those patients there are 20 that make an attempt and survive a suicidal episode. She highlights suicide is an epidemic of major proportions. She explains patients need to identify the situation so they can be treated. She points out there is very good available treatment to treat depression, psychiatric disorders, and substance abuse disorders before they feel there is no way out and end their life.
Dr. Moraima Trujillo, Chief Medical Officer with Banyan Health, says recovery is an individual process and some patients will recover quicker than others. She explains some patients require residential rehabilitation services or intensive outpatient services. Ana Lara, Outpatient Psychiatry Supervisor with Banyan Health, points out the patients who recover the fastest or most successfully are the ones that have a support system, such as family, friends, church, and groups like AA.