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BMC Psychiatry

, 1:4

First Online: 02 October 2001Received: 03 July 2001Accepted: 02 October 2001

Abstract

BackgroundOut of 1705 patients hospitalised for various reasons in the 3 Internal Medicine Department of the Regional General Hospital of Nikaea, in Piraeus, 1468,5% persons were admitted for drug intoxication between November 1999 and November 2000.

MethodsOn average, these persons male 5034,2% – female 9665,8% were admitted to the hospital within 3.7 hours after taking the drug.

ResultsThe drugs that were more frequently taken, alone or in combination with other drugs, were sedatives 67.1%, aspirins and analgesics mainly paracetamol 43.5%. 38.3% of patients had a mental illness history, 31.5% were in need of psychiatric help and 45.2% had made a previous suicide attempt. No death occurred during the above period and the outcome of the patients- health was normal. After mental state examination, the mental illnesses diagnosed were depression 20.96%, psychosis 15.32%, dysthymic disorder 16,2%, anxiety disorder 22.58% and personality disorder 8.87%.

ConclusionsSelf-poisoning remains a crucial problem. The use of paracetamol and sedatives are particularly important in the population studied. Interpersonal psychiatric therapy may be a valuable treatment after people tried to poison themselves.

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Author: Charalambos Tountas - Alexios Sotiropoulos - Stathis A Skliros - Vasiliki Kotsini - Theodoros A Peppas - Elias Tamvakos -

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