According to a report on psychiatry in West Germany (1975), about one-third of the West German people have had a mental illness at some time in their life or are still suffering from one. This amounts to approximately 20 million people. Of the 42 million Germans who see a doctor every year, between 4 and 8 million go because of mentally related problems. A million urgently need psychiatric or psychotherapeutic treatment. Every year 600,000 people go to a nerve doctor and 200,000 are admitted to a nerve clinic. These statistics say nothing about the number of patients or potential patients who seek help but find themselves trapped in the medical-psychological-psychiatric-psychotherapeutic labyrinth and do not get treatment from a specialist.
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