When you spiral into a mental health crisis, you need immediate attention from a highly skilled professional. Experienced psychiatrist Ronnie Blount, MD, in Milledgeville and Macon, Georgia, offers emergency visits to meet the needs of people with sudden or severe mental health symptoms. If you’re already diagnosed with a psychiatric condition, Dr. Blount can help you develop a crisis action plan. But when a crisis hits, don’t wait to reach out for help — call the office right away. Online booking is also an option.
A psychiatric emergency occurs when changes in your thoughts, mood, behaviors, emotions, or social interactions need immediate attention. Two situations that always demand emergency attention include:
Thinking about suicide, having a plan to kill yourself, or knowing someone who’s talking about suicide are all red flags. Call Dr. Blount or dial 988, the 24/7 suicide and crisis lifeline.
If a person’s behaviors put other people or themselves in danger, it’s a psychiatric emergency that may need a crisis team or, in dangerous situations, local law enforcement.
You need an emergency mental health visit for:
When prescribing medications, Dr. Blount explains the side effects and signs of toxicity. If you develop any signs or you have side effects that are intolerable, contact him for an emergency visit.
Symptoms of an existing or pending psychiatric crisis include:
Repeated physical activity with no purpose, like constant pacing or hand wringing, also signals a crisis.
Dr. Blount can help you prepare for or prevent an emergency visit by:
If you have a mental health condition that puts you at risk of crisis symptoms, Dr. Blount can teach you about red flags of imminent behavioral or emotional changes. For example, people with bipolar disorder can learn the signs of a pending mood swing, and those with schizophrenia often have subtle signs warning them of a psychotic break.
Dr. Blount helps you make a plan for dealing with a psychiatric emergency. If you have friends and family you trust, you can share the plan with them so they know what to do if a crisis develops.
Whenever possible, the first step is contacting Dr. Blount for an emergency visit. He will also be sure you know how to connect with a local behavioral health crisis team or the state’s 24/7 mobile crisis line as a back-up plan.
Don’t wait to schedule an emergency visit; call Ronnie Blount, MD, right away. You can also use online booking.