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Psychiatric Disorders in Primary Care

  • M. Linden

Abstract

Epidemiological studies carried out in recent years both in Germany and internationally have shown that between 15% and 25% of the population are suffering from psychiatric illnesses for which treatment is currently indicated (Bebbington et al. 1981; Henderson et al. 1979; Dilling et al. 1984; Häfner 1978; Schepank 1987; Robins and Regier 1991). In industrial countries, around two thirds of all the people in the population regularly consult general practitioners because of a variety of illnesses and complaints or else for preventive health care measures (RCGP and OPCS 1979). Thus, on the basis of these facts alone, it is clear that many patients in general practices are suffering from psychiatric disorders.

Keywords

Primary Care General Practitioner Psychiatric Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 
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