Treatment of Personality & Behaviour Changes

  • The underlying condition is corrected or treated when possible.
  • Whatever the cause, individual’s who are a danger to themselves or others typically need to be hospitalised and treated whether they are willing or not.
  • Many countries require that such decisions be made by someone appointed to make health care decisions for the mentally ill individual (called a surrogate decision maker).
  • If the individual has not appointed a decision maker, a medical professional may contact the next of kin, or a court may appoint an emergency guardian.
  • Individuals who are not dangerous to themselves or others can refuse evaluation and treatment, despite the difficulties their refusal may create for themselves and their family.