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date: 11 December 2019

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It is difficult to be reminded that all our efforts to deal with behavioral emergencies are not necessarily brought to a positive conclusion. Given that mental health providers are very limited in their ability to detect patients who are at imminent risk of harm to self or others, there are times when there are negative outcomes, and patients who are in treatment nonetheless commit suicide or become violent toward others or even toward the provider. In this chapter, we examine the incidence of such events in clinical practice and the psychological and emotional impact on the clinician or clinicians involved. We also review how clinicians might be better prepared for and cope with the stress induced by such tragic events.

Keywords: stress, behavioral emergencies, health providers, violence, suicide

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