Shortage of Child Psychiatrists Worsening, Experts Say

Shortage of Child Psychiatrists Worsening, Experts Say

The shortage of child psychiatrists, which has been a problem for many years, is becoming worse at a time when the United States is facing an increase in depression and suicides among young people, experts tell NBC News.

Fewer child psychiatrists are taking insurance because of low reimbursement rates. Many are approaching retirement, while not enough medical students want to become child psychiatrists.

“We’re not replenishing ourselves,” said Mark Olfson, who teaches and researches child psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Full story of shortages of child Psychiatrists at drugfree.org