Lifetime prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders in a general medicine clinic

Takeshi Sato, Masashi Takeichi

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Abstract

Using a two-stage case identification method, the Japanese version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and the Japanese modified Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS-JM), patients in a general medicine clinic in Japan were assessed for psychiatric disorders (DSM-III categories) during a 12-month period. The lifetime prevalence of all psychiatric disorders was 30.6%, excluding tobacco dependence. The most prevalent diagnoses were alcohol abuse and dependence 9.4%, psychosexual dysfunction 5.9%, and major depressive episode 4.7%. The predominant disorders in males were alcohol abuse and dependence and tobacco dependence, and in females (aged 55-80 years), the most striking disorder was organic brain syndrome. The validity of the GHQ was examined against the DIS-JM based on DSM-III as external criteria. A cutoff point between 7 and 8 is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-233
Number of pages10
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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