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What are signs of possible acute mental health problems that necessitate emergency care?

  • Highly disruptive behavior (e.g., irrepressible hostility, aggression, violence, etc.)
  • Inappropriate, persistent, and irrepressible elation
  • Inability to communicate clearly (garbled or slurred speech; evidence of unconnected, disjointed, or rambling thoughts)
  • Loss of contact with reality (apparently seeing or hearing things others cannot; holding beliefs greatly at odds with reality or probability)
  • Stalking behaviors
  • Harassment via threatening letters, emails, texts, IMs, etc.
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Verbal threats to others or threatening behavior