ABSTRACT

In light of the apparently unreserved conviction with which many mental health authorities have voiced a need for the recruitment and training of more expert psychotherapists, it is to be expected that people have something more than simple knowledge about the number of actual and potential candidates for such treatment. While the great majority of neurotics are treated exclusively on an outpatient basis, there are some whose illness is of such severity or whose life situation is so devoid of support that hospitalization is necessary. In one of the very rare reports on the clientele of private psychiatrists, descriptions are given of the general characteristics of 100 unselected, consecutive cases seen in office practice. While the sexes did not differ in the frequency with which they reported unhappiness, the women more frequently reported worry, fear of breakdown, and need for help.