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Anxiety in the General Medical Setting 

Anxiety in the General Medical Setting
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Anxiety in the General Medical Setting
Author(s):

Robert Hudak

and Rolf G. Jacob

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329311.003.0004
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date: 26 October 2020

Anxiety is exceptional among psychiatric symptoms in that it also presents in the absence of overt pathology, and can occur in virtually everyone. As a result, complaints of anxiety are common among patients hospitalized in the medical setting and are frequently cited as reasons for psychiatric consultation. The psychiatrist consulting in the medical setting needs to determine the etiology of the anxiety in order to appropriately address it. In a C-L setting, psychiatrists will be asked to diagnose and differentiate anxiety arising from different causes. This chapter aims to assist the C-L psychiatrist in properly assessing and treating anxiety in the medical setting.

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