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A 64-year-old male asked:

My wife seems to be delusional and paranoid. i can't get a hold of a psychiatrist any time soon. is it ok to wait?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I wouldn't wait: If she is acutely paranoid with new onset of symptoms i would not wait. If she has thoughts of harm to self or others than it is a medical emergency. If she needs to be evaluated at the er then they may be able to help you to arrange for a psychiatric evaluation (if she is not admitted).
Dr. Jorge Sotelo
Psychiatry 22 years experience
Seek help ASAP: When a person is delusional (paranoid, for example) it is best to have an urgent evaluation asap. Most emergency rooms have access to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional who can evaluate a person with psychosis. If need be she can have such an evaluation even against her will. Calling 911 or going to your nearest emergency room is a good option if she will not agree to seek help.
Dr. Julie Stahl
Psychiatry 33 years experience
No: These symptoms, untreated can lead to more serious problems and repercussions. Take your wife to your pcp or the emergency room if you are very concerned.

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