Psychiatric Emergencies in Children and Adolescents

  • Daniel W. Rosenn
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


According to recent estimates, at least 30% of the visits currently being made to hospital emergency rooms involve patients under the age of 18 years.1 One such survey has shown that emergency room visits for minors increased by 127% from 1958 to 1968 compared to a less than 50% increase in overall services for the same period.2 In the last decade, teenagers accounted for approximately 15% of all general hospital psychiatric emergencies. Although there is a corresponding trend toward increased drug dependence and abuse, adolescent emergencies comprise all diagnostic categories.3,4


Suicide Attempt Suicidal Behavior Child Psychiatry Psychiatric Emergency Childhood Depression 
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General Sections 1–6

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel W. Rosenn
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.McLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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