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Anxiety disorders

OVERVIEW: What every practitioner needs to know Anxiety disorders in youth are among the most common mental health issues in children and adolescents, with prevalence estimates for this group of disorders ranging from 6%-20%. These disorders can often be difficult to diagnose. Specific fears and worries are part of normal development and disentangling normal developmental…

Assessing decision making capacity

. Physicians are not very good at determining medical decision-making capacity, even though incapacity is common. Eighteen to thirty-five percent of medicine inpatients lack capacity. On average, 44% of nursing home bound, 54% of Alzheimer’s, and 68% of learning disabled patients lack capacity. Physicians often receive no formal training in capacity determination and routinely miss…

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