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Table 3 Off-label prescriptions in different psychiatric diagnoses

From: Off-label prescription of psychiatric drugs by non-psychiatrist physicians in three general hospitals in Germany

  Psychiatric medication
On-label use Off-label use No psych. medication
Organic mental disorders
 N 37 41 109
 % 19.8 21.9 58.3
Alcohol-related disorders
 N 11 17 72
 % 11.0 17.0 72.0
Other drugs
 N 4 5 14
 % 17.4 21.7 60.9
Psychosis
 N 13 3 26
 % 31.0 7.1 61.9
Affective disorders
 N 71 51 223
 % 20.6 14.8 64.6
Anxiety disorders
 N 16 15 37
 % 23.5 22.1 54.4
Reaction to severe stress/adjustment disorder
 N 8 14 70
 % 8.7 15.2 76.1
Dissociative and conversion disorders
 N 0 1 7
 % 0.0 12.5 87.5
Somatoform disorders
 N 11 14 25
 % 22.0 28.0 50.0
Eating disorders
 N 1 1 4
 % 16.7 16.7 66.7
Sleep disorders
 N 0 1 2
 % 0.0 33.3 66.7
Other diagnoses
 N 1 4 17
 % 4.5 18.2 77.3
No psychiatric disorder
 N 4 4 40
 % 6.4 8.5 85.1