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February 1962

Emotional Problems of the Student.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(2):182-183. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710200074009

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In the preface the authors state the purpose of this book is to explain "why should a college have a psychiatrist?" One answer clearly is "it's nice for the psychiatrist." The affection of the main as well as the contributing authors for their patients and for the student group as a whole is most infectious. This comes through despite the complaint that the staff is always "working to saturation." This affection is based not only on the attractive aspects of youth in general, but on the therapeutic optimism with which these patients are approached, an optimism justified by experience. The authors repeatedly emphasize that symptoms ordinarily carrying a grave prognosis often respond to an orientation of the student, a determination of the immediate problem, and guiding him to help himself. The student's symptoms clear more rapidly than those of an adult, who with similar complaints

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