Delirium is a complex disorder marked by the acute onset of mental status change with an associated fluctuating course. Despite the fact that delirium is a common clinical entity in elderly hospitalized patients, the condition may present in any patient regardless of medical comorbidities. Recognition within the emergency setting is becoming increasingly important, as the diagnosis frequently is missed.
During the past 20 years, suicide has become recognized as a major public health concern. Focused medical assessment and suicide risk assessment in the emergency department can help determine whether a mental health consultation is required and whether patients need hospitalization.
Results of a new study of almost 400,000 women indicate that having an abortion does not increase the risk for depression in women. The publication comes at a time when many state policies restricting abortion access have been justified by claims that abortion causes women psychological harm.
President Obama’s recent announcement that he is changing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to allow reporting of patients with mental health issues drew acclaim from gun control advocates, but the effect on healthcare providers was not clear.