Emergencies in Psychiatry in Low- and Middle-income Countries, Second Edition

Thara Rangaswamy, Lakshmi Vijayakumar

June 13, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 198 Pages - 220 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498767149 - CAT# K29166

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  • Describes the presentation and management of psychiatric disorders in the emergency setting including special population groups such as women, children and the elderly, who require different modes of intervention.
  • Addresses emergencies following psychosocial and environmental events. This has special significance considering the rising rate of suicide and increase in the frequency of disasters in developing countries.
  • Chapters on suicidal and uncooperative patients dwell on particularly challenging clinical situations, emphasizing ethical issues and the need to ensure the safety of the patient.
  • Discussion of the medicolegal aspects of a psychiatric emergency in developing countries is of relevance since many countries still follow outdated and archaic legal procedures.
  • As patients often present to the emergency department both with psychiatric as well as physical symptoms, the book covers psychiatric emergencies associated with medical disorders, sexual disorders and drug-related issues.


There is a need to not only understand psychiatric emergencies in low- and middle-income countries but also to formulate logical and acceptable forms of intervention. This book gives the reader an overview of the kinds of psychiatric emergencies that can occur and the strategies employed to manage these in developing countries. The book covers anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, grief, suicidal behaviour and psychiatric emergencies following disasters. It also deals with special population groups, such as women, children and the elderly, who require different modes of intervention.


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