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When to Worry

Concern levels should rise if you detect any of the following



These symptoms could indicate increasing patient acuity and immediate action may be required.

  • Increase frequency of medical monitoring (i.e. bi-weekly appointments) 
  • Reassess treatment planning: If the current plan is not working, acuity and risk can increase over time 
  • Consider more intensive treatment approaches (i.e. outpatient program) 
  • Hospitalisation may be necessary 

Some people will require a hospital admission during treatment for physical or mental health reasons.

Be aware of the indicators that require urgent hospital admission:  

See: Is this an emergency?

Psychiatrist Prof. Janice Russell discusses when and how to send a patient to hospital.

BMI should never be the sole determinant of medical instability – some people may be in the healthy weight range, but can still be severely medically compromised.