If you or a loved has experienced prolonged sadness or anxiety, or a sudden loss of interest in daily activities, you (or your loved one) may be suffering from clinical depression.
The good news is that clinical depression is treatable. In general, you do not need to go to the emergency room for a change in mood, but you should call your doctor and schedule an appointment.
There are situations in which abrupt of severe changes in mood are an emergency. If you think you or a loved one may be a danger to yourself or others, seek emergency care immediately.
Seek ER treatment if you or your loved one experiences or expresses:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Intent to self-harm
- Intent to harm others
If you feel unsafe in any situation, call 911. If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can also call the crisis hotline at (316) 660-7500.