Dana L. Farnsworth, M.D.
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The role of a college psychiatric service in dealing with emergencies is described, since it can be a prototype of how general hospitals with psychiatric units may function.
Crisis intervention is discussed. Situations precipitating crises include "acting out" behavior, anti-social acts by the emotionally disturbed, unwanted pregnancy, hallucinogenic drug ingestion, homosexual panic, or serious rupture in family relations. In a crisis it may not be clear who is the patient or whether anyone can be assigned that role.
The most serious of all psychiatric emergencies among college students are those connected with suicidal attempts. Although exact data are not available
Farnsworth DL. College Student Emergencies.. Ann Intern Med. ;66:1066. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1066_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1066.
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