Neighborhood health center patients who use minor tranquilizers.
Thirty-four ambulatory medical patients who had used minor tranquilizers for varying lengths of time were interviewed to determine their medical and psychiatric statuses, and to learn their own perspective of their medical care. The population was elderly of lower socioeconomic status, and chronically ill (a significant minority with serious and disabling illness). Depressive equivalents, depression, and anxiety were prominent, but clinical states requiring psychiatric care were not. Slightly less than one-half were alcoholic. Forty-one percent took the medications for target symptoms other than anxiety, and 76% believed these agents were efficacious. Chronic users had significantly more chronic medical illness, and significantly more somatization, anxiety, and fatigue.
Barsky, AJ; Stewart, R; Burns, BJ; Sweet, R; Regier, D; Jacobson, AM
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