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<< The Depressed Patient And Suicidal Patient In The Emergency Department: Evidence-Based Management And Treatment Strategies

Summary

Depression with and without suicidal features is a common presentation in the ED and presents many
challenging aspects both to patient workup, management, and care. The evaluation of such patients
requires the emergency clinician to maintain a flexible and compassionate approach to the patient with
a focus on safety and overall functioning. While many of these patients may be safely managed on an outpatient basis, patients often present with such debilitating symptoms that they warrant an inpatient hospitalization either voluntarily or involuntarily. A multispecialty collaborative approach with psychiatry is crucial. The long-term wellbeing of the depressed patient with and without suicidal ideation is based on many factors, and the emergency clinician can play a significant positive role in the overall wellbeing of such patients through the administration of compassionate, thorough, and thoughtful care.

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