It is important to assess the patient’s condition and to understand the nature of the injury. Assessing the patient’s general appearance and posture can help you understand the nature of the crisis. It is also important to separate the patient from aggravating persons. Before you can respond to a behavioral crisis, you should have a plan of attack. You should use the following methods to assess a patient during a behavioral crisis:
First, a behavior crisis is an emotional condition where a patient displays agitated, violent or antisocial behavior. These behaviors are incongruous with the individual’s environment, making them a danger to themselves and others. A behavioral crisis can also be caused by a mental health disorder, such as chronic depression. A behavioral crisis is important to address in a timely manner to protect the patient and family.
In psychiatric emergencies, it is crucial to assess the patient in a calm manner. Ask the patient if he or she has made any plans to commit suicide, and if so, whether it is possible for him or her to do so. If the patient is not calm, get law enforcement to transport him or her. If the patient is unable to speak for themselves, psychiatric professionals should leave. In case of instability, they should seek help from local authorities, or have a neighbor check on the patient’s welfare. When transporting a patient, be sure to keep your eyes on the patient’s vital signs to ensure that the condition does not worsen.
There are several types of psychological disorders that can be treated in an outpatient setting. While most psychological disorders can be treated with outpatient visits, others need specialized care in hospitals. If you are unsure about the type of behavioral crisis that a patient is experiencing it is not your responsibility. Instead, it is important to understand the difference between a psychiatric emergency and a behavioral crisis.
Asking the patient as many questions possible is the most important step in the assessment process. This will allow you to get to the root of your concerns. A mental health professional will help you determine the best approach for each situation. This method is known as reflective listening. If a patient is describing himself as ‘behaving bizarrely,’ the person may be experiencing a mental health issue. If he or she is expressing thoughts that are far from rational, the response should be focused on calming the patient and reducing stress.
The next step in an assessment is recognizing the behavioral disorder. While this might be a difficult task for a clinician, a physical examination can give clues about the patient’s emotional state. Ask questions such as “Are you concerned that the patient might lose control?”