Changes in Mood – When Should You Go to the ER?

If you or a loved one 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 or severe changes in mood are an emergency. If you think you or your loved one may be a danger to yourself or others, seek emergency help immediately.

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Need Emergency Care

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 (888) 885-1222.

If You Have a History of Mental Illness, You May Need Emergency Care

If you or your loved one have a history of suicidal thoughts, severe clinical depression or substance abuse, seek emergency care in the case of a sudden change in mood – especially if you sense danger to yourself or others.

The Medical Center of Aurora offers 3 ER locations:

All are open 24/7 and are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and experienced nurses. Please see the map below for locations, addresses, and phone numbers.