When is hospitalization indicated for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Indications for hospitalization include the following

  • Severe functional impairment (cannot meet own daily needs)

  • Suicide or homicide risk

  • Social skills deficits (eg, the person is so preoccupied that he or she is unaware that his or her actions and behaviors have the potential to provoke others to cause harm)

Emotional intelligence is a protective factor for suicidal behavior; thus, this should be assessed as part of the decision regarding need for a psychiatric hospitalization. [38]


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