Archive | Behavioral Emergencies

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse: Alcohol abuse = medical, behavioral or social problems related to excessive alcohol consumption Alcoholism = chronic dependence on alcohol and a pattern of abnormal behaviors. Severe intoxication can result in cardiac dysrhythmias, shock and death. Conditions that may mimic alcohol intoxication: drug abuse, brain tumor, hypoglycemia, meningitis, head injury, stroke, postictal state, DKA, […]

Continue Reading

Depression and Suicide

Behavior: how a person acts Abnormal behavior: deviates from society’s norms and expectations Maladaptive behavior: unable to properly adapt to challenging circumstances Behavioral Emergency: disorders characterized by abnormal and maladaptive behavior that family/social group can’t tolerate Causes grouped in three categories: Biological/Organic: diseases, drugs, toxins, biochemical psychiatric disorders Psychosocial: childhood trauma, bad parents, dysfunctional family […]

Continue Reading

Stay safe