In most European countries there is, during the last decade, an increase of the number of involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations; their rates fluctuate between 20/100.000 habitants per year (northern Italy) and 250/1000 habitants per year (Germany). The counterpart rates in Greece are rather low, 50/100.000 habitants per year; nevertheless as much as 50% of the psychiatric hospitalizations are involuntary. There is a suspicion, that in Greece, due to lack of meticulous registering and gathering of data the real figures might be somehow higher.

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