• When to visit the doctor?

    When to visit the doctor?

    The primary care doctor may be attended without referral. The only condition to obtain free-of-charge medical counselling is having a valid insurance policy. Unemployed and noninsured persons may get the required insurance by registration at the employment office while persons in special situation may be insured by a social support centre.

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  • A visit to a psychologist or a psychiatrist

    A visit to a psychologist or a psychiatrist

    A visit may cover the diagnosis of personality to learn the fixed pattern of reacting to external events and internal experiences - patterns which impede adaption and coping with life difficulties, as well as solving of conflicting interpersonal situations. Diagnosed are also the styles of coping with the stress, psychological defence mechanisms, self-image and -self-evaluation as a significant resource, helpful in coping with difficult situations. It is important to learn emotional relations in the family of origin and traumatic experiences from childhood and adulthood.

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  • Diagnosis and treatment methods

    Diagnosis and treatment methods

    The primary care physician (GP, family, psychiatric) diagnoses the causes of various sensations. Therefore, the doctor enquires about the family & life situation of the patient, the sources of his/her stress and thoroughly examines the somatic condition. If necessary, the doctor orders additional tests (laboratory tests of blood and urine, possibly also hormonal, x-ray, ECG and other).

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  • When is hospitalization necessary?

    When is hospitalization necessary?

    Most of therapy takes place outside the hospital, usually during the patient's stay at home with the family.

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