An Extraordinary Mind

An Extraordinary Mind

Janet Taylor

An Extraordinary Mind: The Basics of Mental Illnesses

Mental Health Awareness is becoming a hot topic due to the lack of access to counseling and inpatient beds available for those afflicted with a mental illness. This presentation is a basic overview of the most common types of mental illness we may see in an EMS / Fire setting. Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar and the reactions we may see with medications such as Catatonia and Dystonic Reaction. The overall intention of this presentation is to help providers understand what someone with a mental illness has to deal with on a daily basis and gain a different perspective on the challenges they face.

Learner Objectives:

1. List at least three ways to develop a rapport with a patient who has a mental illness

2. Define “Support System”

3. List at least two alterations in your body language when having a conversation with your patient

4. Differentiate between Hallucinations and Delusions

5. Define “Decompensation” and “Escalating”

6. List the three things to evaluate when someone with Suicidal Ideation says he/she has a plan.

7. List the criteria for defining the cycles of Bi-Polar

8. Understand why patients who have a mental illness are reluctant or unable to get the help they need including counseling, emergency access or medications.

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Saturday 12/5
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Janet Taylor

Mental Health Awareness is becoming a hot topic due to the lack of access to counseling and inpatient beds available for those afflicted with a mental illness. This presentation is a basic overview of the most common types of mental illness we may see in an EMS / Fire setting. Depression, Suicidal Ideation, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar and the reactions we may see with medications such as Catatonia and Dystonic Reaction. The overall intention of this presentation is to help providers understand what someone with a mental illness has to deal with on a daily basis and gain a different perspective on the challenges they face.

Learner Objectives:

1. List at least three ways to develop a rapport with a patient who has a mental illness

2. Define “Support System”

3. List at least two alterations in your body language when having a conversation with your patient

4. Differentiate between Hallucinations and Delusions

5. Define “Decompensation” and “Escalating”

6. List the three things to evaluate when someone with Suicidal Ideation says he/she has a plan.

7. List the criteria for defining the cycles of Bi-Polar

8. Understand why patients who have a mental illness are reluctant or unable to get the help they need including counseling, emergency access or medications.