Description: An update of a 2010 edition, this book examines common psychiatric issues and conditions in an emergency setting.
Purpose: There is a high prevalence of psychiatric care that occurs in an emergency setting. The authors' goal is to educate readers on how to make clinically appropriate decisions in this context. From my experience of providing psychiatric care in multiple different emergency room settings, I strongly advocate for more education about psychiatric topics in emergency settings. The authors are successful in achieving this.
Audience: The authors identify "trainees and clinicians" who encounter patients with psychiatric conditions in emergency settings as their audience. While anyone who encounters psychiatric emergencies would find this book helpful, resident psychiatry and emergency room physicians will likely benefit the most. The authors are psychiatric residents and fellows who co-wrote the chapters with a senior faculty member.
Features: The book identifies common psychiatric conditions and issues that are seen in an emergency setting including: mood symptoms, agitation, suicidality, substance abuse, seclusion and restraints, and considerations for different population such as children and adolescents. Each chapter has graphics and case vignettes, and concludes with key points.
Assessment: Overall, this is a solid book that is easy to read and is thorough in addressing the various psychiatric clinical situations that I have encountered in my practice. I reviewed the first edition, and this update is necessary to reflect recent research findings and updates from the DSM 5. Reading this book for a second time, I realized that most attending psychiatrists should already be aware of a great deal of this information and therefore will likely not find this book nearly as helpful as will psychiatry residents or early-career psychiatrists. I would still recommend it for those who desire to further their knowledge of psychiatry in emergency settings.