Chapter 26

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Chapter 26
2014-03-17 21:08:54

Behavioral Emergencies
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  1. Behavioral Emergency
    A situation in which a person exhibits "abnormal" behavior that is unacceptable or intolerable to the patient, the family, or the community
  2. Dystonia
    A movement disorder that causes involuntary contractions of muscles resulting in twisting and repetitive movements that are sometimes painful
  3. Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
    Movement disorder that causes involuntary movements of the tongue, lips, face, trunk, and extremities
  4. Anxiety
    • A state of painful uneasiness about impending problems.
    • Characterized by agitation and restlessness
  5. Phobias
    Irrational fears that are often triggered by a specific object or event
  6. Depression
    Characterized by deep feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and discouragement, feelings that often do not seem connected to the actual circumstances of the patient's life
  7. Bipolar Disorder
    Changes in mood from "very high highs" to "very low lows"
  8. Paranoia
    A highly exaggerated or unwarranted mistrust or suspiciousness of others
  9. Psychosis
    A mental state in which the patient is out of touch with reality
  10. Schizophrenia
    A chronic mental illness in which a patient does not return to his or her premorbid level of functioning
  11. Suicide
    Any willful act designed to end one's life
  12. Agitated Delirium
    Also known as excited delirium, is a mental state and physiological response characterized by: unusual strength and endurance, tolerance of pain, agitation, hostility, frenzied and bizarre behavior, hot and diaphoretic skin, unusual speech