The author reviews the evolution of emergency psychiatric practice over the past 20 years-from the concept of high-dose antipsychotic medication to the more rational treatment approach for acute psychosis made possible by modern pharmacodynamic insight and the availability of new pharmacotherapeutic agents. A decision tree for current practice in the rapid tranquilization of agitated, apparently psychotic patients is described.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Psychiatry|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 1|
|State||Published - 1998|