Having trouble finding a psychiatrist? You’re not alone. Here’s why

Right now, my blood is boiling. I just read this article by J. Wesley Boyd, Harvard clinical psychiatry professor, on why so many people are having a rough time finding psychiatrists.

In a nutshell, there’s a shortage of psychiatrists, and the reasons aren’t pretty. In med schools, psychiatrists are often looked down upon because there’s still the myth that they don’t practice “real medicine.” In a way, this makes them as stigmatized as their patients who hear they aren’t “really” ill. Also, psychiatrists don’t get paid as much as other doctors. And then there are the mounds of red tape and paper work that insurance companies insist upon — red tape that is NOT required for physical conditions.

It shouldn’t be this way. I do have a psychiatrist who happens to be very good. But I only got him after becoming extremely suicidal earlier this year. I don’t recall much from that period, but I do recall begging for any kind of help — and not getting it until it was nearly too late.

A warning: by reading this article, you may get as angry as I am. But maybe that’s good. Sometimes, anger leads to change. And with the mental health “system” in America, so MANY things need to change.

Read the article at http://theconversation.com/why-is-it-so-hard-to-see-a-psychiatrist-34131


2 responses to “Having trouble finding a psychiatrist? You’re not alone. Here’s why

  • RunningHeartless

    I think one solution to this shortage is to give prescribing power to psychologists. If psychologists are properly trained & certified (typically receiving a post-doctoral masters in psychopharmacology) they are legally allowed to write prescriptions for psychotherapeutic drugs in 3 states. If this were adopted nationwide it would make it so psychologists don’t have to collaborate with psychiatrists or physicians to get their patients the drugs they need.

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