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A high incidence of psychiatric disorders is found in patients attending neurologists. Among new outpatients, the prevalence of all disorders has been estimated at >50%.1 Mood and anxiety disorders are present in 40% of patients, are associated with greater disability and are persistent.2 Functional neurological symptoms or somatoform disorders may be present to some degree in up to one third of patients and these are the patients neurologists find more difficult to help.3 In the paper by Jeffries et al4(see p 414), similarly high rates of psychiatric disorder are shown to occur among inpatients, …
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