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What happens to a person with schizophrenia when they go to the ER?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

When a person with schizophrenia visits the emergency room, a psychiatrist or mental health worker will visit with the person and do an assessment. This assessment will determine the severity of the person's symptoms. If the person is considered to be a threat to someone else or might self-harm, he will be admitted to the hospital for observation, even if he does not want to stay. This is known as an involuntary admission.

Some people may need to be involuntarily admitted if they have active hallucinations or delusions, like seeing and hearing things that are not real. At the hospital, a treatment plan will be prescribed for the person. Once the person is stable and released, he will need to stay compliant with his medication treatment. If he does not follow through with his treatment plan, he may need to be hospitalized again.

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