Don R. Lipsitt, MD

Don R. Lipsitt, MD

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Here, barriers to successful referral to a psychiatrist, principles of management of medically unexplained symptoms, and tips on when to refer a patient to a psychiatrist.

The United States has often been characterized as a nation of hypochondriacs. This is patently not true but TV bombardment by pharmaceutical advertisements stirs anxiety and illness fears in the many worried well in our midst.

Psychiatrists helping nonpsychiatrists refer their patients has a long but not always illustrious history.

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