ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
ASSESSMENT OF SUBJECTS WHO ADMITTED THE OUTPATIENT PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT MEDICAL FACULTY ATATÜRK UNIVERSITY WITH RESPECT TO REFERAL WITCH-DOCTORS AND PATHWAYS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
1 Atatürk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
Eurasian J Med 2005; 37: 39-42

Key Words: Panic disorder, Witch-doctors, Outpatient
Abstract

In this study, seventy-five subjects who admitted to Outpatient Psychiatry Department Medical Faculty Atatürk University with DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders Fourth Edition Text Revision) panic disorder were assessed via questionnare which constituted in order to evaluated to referal witch-doctors and pathways to mental health services. We found that 58.7 % of the participants established first contact with the general hospital doctors, 76 % had never applicated mental health service in their previous lifetime. First application were cardiologist in 32%, doctor of internal medicine in 8%, and much more one general hospital doctors in 40%. 34.7% of participants referred witch-doctors in their previous lifetime (26.9% of whom first applicated were witch-doctors). Panic disorder is a frequently seen disease and has heterogenous clinical features. Patiens with Panic Disorder need to protect from unnecessary interventions by way of suitable diagnosis and treatment.

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