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Practitioner 2009;253(1720):9-17

Severe abuse in childhood linked to mental health problems in later life

27 Aug 2009Pais-up subscribers

GPs are primarily diagnosticians, not therapists. Nevertheless, the process of diagnosis itself may have therapeutic value, by helping patients to understand their problems and empowering them to address them. It is thought that GPs who provide more complex psychosocial explanations are more likely to achieve this.

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