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Appropriateness of drugs prescribed by primary care physicians for depressed outpatients.

Authors
  • Gullick, E L
  • King, L J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Affective Disorders
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1979
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
55–58
Identifiers
PMID: 162181
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In a sample of middle class individuals seeking martial and sexual counseling, 30% had diagnosable psychiatric illness, including 14% who had depressions at the time of interview. Those with psychiatric syndromes were significantly more likely to have prescribed psychoactive than those without these syndromes. Those with depression were more likely to have received diazepam and similar drugs than antidepressants. The same was true for those with other syndromes but in many of these cases, diazepam or other antianxiety agents seemed more appropriate. Thus, affective disorder might well be the psychiatric syndrome for which these drugs are most often inappropriately prescribed. Inappropriate treatment is a matter of concern in an illness which is potentially fatal.

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