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Phys Sportsmed. 2009 Oct;37(3):29-34.

Psychiatric conditions in sports: diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life.

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  • 1Stanford University School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Road, Suite 2122, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. iraglick@stanford.edu

Abstract

The social stigma surrounding psychiatric illness may prevent athletes from seeking counseling, psychotherapy, medication, or other treatment when needed. Few controlled studies on athletes exist to guide the team physician, clinician, or psychiatrist who must deal with diagnostic issues. Management involves setting realistic goals, educating as well as inducing the patient into treatment, soliciting support from family or significant others, and delivering appropriate treatment (the most difficult task). The objective is to improve performance and quality of life. Confidentiality issues are paramount during diagnosis and treatment. Physicians who understand sports and team dynamics may have more success in helping patients follow through with treatment.

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