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Some signs police look for in psychiatric crises

Associated Press Updated: April 10, 2014 at 7:02 am 0

Police officers who receive crisis intervention training are taught how to recognize when someone with serious mental illness might be having a psychiatric crisis. Considering the overall circumstances, police look for these behaviors in a subject:

— Behavior that doesn't fit the circumstance (example: laughing at a funeral)

— Non-verbal and easily distracted

— Bizarre and disjointed thinking (delusions, hallucinations)

— Suicidal

— Normal coping skills are failing or not evident

— Unaware of self; dirty, disheveled, malodorous

— Unaware of surroundings and possible risk to personal safety

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Source: Donald Kline, Montgomery County Emergency Service in Pennsylvania

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