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Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry

Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry

Edited by Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., and Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S.
2010
434 pages
ISBN 978-1-58562-295-5
Paperback Also Available In: eBook
Item #62295



One of the most challenging clinical settings any psychiatrist faces is in the area of psychiatric emergency services. Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry is designed to help medical students, residents, and clinical faculty chart the appropriate course of treatment in a setting where an incorrect assessment can have life and death implications.

Written collaboratively by residents, students, and faculty from various departments of psychiatry in the United States and Canada, Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry covers those topics that are generally the most important and practical in any busy psychiatric emergency department. Equally important, the chapters are arranged by chief complaint rather than by psychiatric diagnosis, and each contains an important summary that can provide clarity quickly when seconds count. This format gives the trainee the ability to quickly find key points for treating the clinical situation. In addition, this text serves as a backup to faculty, and combines the approach of accomplished psychiatry trainees with the views of senior practitioners in the field.

Trainees working in the high-stress psychiatric emergency setting often only have backup supervision by phone rather than in-person oversight. Evaluation of patients in busy psychiatry emergency departments, where first- and second-year residents are quickly trying to address complicated clinical situations with patients who are very ill, is a challenging and difficult process. In response to the specific demands of the psychiatric emergency setting, the authors, under the editorship of Drs. Michelle B. Riba and Divy Ravindranath, made this manual easy to read and clearly focused on presenting complaints. In Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry, trainees and faculty will find:


  • Case vignettes of applicable clinical scenarios.
  • A reflection of widespread practices in various academic centers.
  • Chapters arranged by chief complaint rather than psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Key point summaries at the end of each chapter.
  • An integrated perspective from trainees and experienced psychiatrists.

In addition, many of the chapters in this book underscore the potential for “medical mimics” to cause the presenting complaints, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, catatonia, and cognitive impairment. The recognition that comorbid conditions are often present is critical to the complete assessment of patients in a psychiatric emergency setting.

This book is a must-have for any psychiatric trainee or faculty who works in the often tense and high-stakes psychiatric emergency setting. Patients and families are anxious and fearful, and available clinical information may be sparse or unavailable. The guidelines and approaches outlined in this handbook will be useful to psychiatric students and teachers alike as they work to provide excellent care in the difficult clinical psychiatric emergency situations they encounter.

Preface. Approach to psychiatric emergencies. The suicidal patient. Violence risk assessment. The catatonic patient. Depression, euphoria, and anger in the emergency department. The psychotic patient. The anxious patient. The cognitively impaired patient. Substance-related psychiatric emergencies. Child and adolescent emergency psychiatry. Seclusion and restraint in emergency settings. Legal and ethical issues in emergency psychiatry. Disposition and resource options. Getting patients from the clinic to the emergency department. Supervision of trainees in the psychiatric emergency service. Working with medical students in psychiatric emergency settings. Afterword. Index.
"The Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry is the book of choice for practical, concise information. It is written beautifully and the cases illustrate key themes and principles on the topic. It is a great choice for psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians to brush up on new information, and it will immediately get those in training up to speed."—Donald M. Hilty, M.D., Professor and Vice-Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Sacramento, California

"Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry provides a clear and concise discussion of clinical topics particular to the psychiatric emergency setting that is interesting to read, practical, and useful. It is a helpful guide to address the complexity of differential diagnosis, treatment, and disposition options for trainees as well as more senior staff. The focus on teaching and supervision will be helpful in both academic and nonacademic settings and makes this book appealing and useful for a broad audience of readers."—American Journal of Psychiatry,Felicia A. Smith, M.D. , August 2010

"uring my training, I was provided with a variety of articles and chapters on this topic from several different sources. This book efficiently summarizes the various issues that arise in a psychiatric emergency setting, with additional chapters that provide more practical information that is not specifically covered in other books. The arrangement of the chapters, based on chief complaints rather than specific psychiatric diagnoses, enables readers to better translate the information into clinical practice. Based on my experience, both as a resident in an academic setting and moonlighting at a county hospital, the majority of the cases I encountered are adequately covered in this book."—Doody Enterprises, Inc., Aaron Plattner, M.D., September 2010

James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Iyad Alkhouri, M.D.
Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A.
James A. Bourgeois, O.D., M.D., F.A.P.M.
Philippe-Edouard Boursiquot, M.D.
Jennifer S. Brasch, M.D.
Kirk Brower, M.D.
Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A.
M. Justin Coffey, M.D.
Gregory W. Dalack, M.D.
Tamara Gay, M.D.
Patrick Gibbons, D.O., M.S.W.
Rachel L. Glick, M.D.
Fadi Haddad, M.D.
Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D.
Erick Hung, M.D.
B. Harrison Levine, M.D., M.P.H.
Gem Lucas, D.O.
Kishor Malavade, M.D.
Katherine Maloy, M.D.
Tracy McCarthy, M.D.
Wanda K. Mohr, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N.
Julia E. Najara, M.D.
Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
Ernest Poortinga, M.D.
Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.
Melanie Quintero, Ph.D.
Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S.
Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.
Patricia Schwartz, M.D.
Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.
Patrick Smallwood, M.D.
Michael Alan Taylor, M.D.
Mary Weathers, M.D.
Ana Wolanin, M.S., R.N.
Felicia Kuo Wong, M.D.
Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A.
Kishor Malavade, M.D.:
James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Iyad Alkhouri, M.D.
James A. Bourgeois, O.D., M.D., F.A.P.M.
Philippe-Edouard Boursiquot, M.D.
Nancy Byatt, D.O., M.B.A.
M. Justin Coffey, M.D.
Gregory W. Dalack, M.D.
Tamara Gay, M.D.
Patrick Gibbons, D.O., M.S.W.
Fadi Haddad, M.D.
Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D.
Erick Hung, M.D.
Katherine Maloy, M.D.
Wanda K. Mohr, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N.
Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.
Melanie Quintero, Ph.D.
Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S.
Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.
Patricia Schwartz, M.D.
Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D.
Patrick Smallwood, M.D.
Michael Alan Taylor, M.D.
Mary Weathers, M.D.
Ana Wolanin, M.S., R.N.
Felicia Kuo Wong, M.D.
Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S., is Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Chair for Integrated Medicine and Psychiatric Services in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Riba is Zonal Representative (Area 2, USA) of the World Psychiatric Association and Past President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S., is a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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