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Psychiatric symptoms in self-poisoning patients

  • J. G. B. Newson-Smith (a1) and S. R. Hirsch (a1)


Self-poisoning patients admitted to hospital were studied for persistence of psychiatric symptoms over a 3-month period and evaluated at 3 points in time with the General Health Questionnaire and the Present State Examination. Symptoms were identified which had a high or low prevalence at 3-month follow-up. GHQ and PSE scores correlated at 0·8. The implications of the study are discussed, particularly the earlier need for out-patient help in those who had a moderate or high number of symptoms at initial interview.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr J. G. B. Newson-Smith, Department of Adult Psychiatry, St George's Hospital, London SWI7 0QT.


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