Nov 1, 1998 Issue
The Psychiatric Review of Symptoms: A Screening Tool for Family Physicians [Article]

The psychiatric review of symptoms is a useful screening tool for identifying patients who have psychiatric disorders. The approach begins with a mnemonic encompassing the major psychiatric disorders: depression, personality disorders, substance abuse disorders, anxiety disorders, somatization disor...

Oct 15, 1998 Issue
Using DSM-IV Primary Care Version: A Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis in Primary Care [Article]

The prevalence of patients with psychiatric disorders in primary care settings indicates that family physicians have a need for a diagnostic manual suited to the realities of their practice. This article reviews the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., primary care version...

May 15, 1998 Issue
Pseudoneurologic Syndromes: Recognition and Diagnosis [Article]

Physicians may encounter patients with a collection of psychologic disorders that present with neurologic symptoms or signs, yet have no identifiable structural or functional etiology within the nervous system. These disorders comprise the so-called pseudoneurologic syndromes, which can mimic almost...

Apr 1, 1998 Issue
Recognition and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder [Article]

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is relatively common; however, its actual incidence has only recently become clear. The neurotransmitter serotonin appears to have a central role in this disorder. Males and females are affected equally, with onset usually occurring in late adolescence. Symptoms include...

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