February 1, 2023

Interview Topic: US Mental Health Care

Many complain they can’t obtain mental health care, indeed, 95 percent of US counties are deficient in psychiatrists. Indeed, there is a severe shortage of psychologists as well as psychiatrists: combined they provide no more than 25 percent of mental health care in the US. Who provides the rest: primary care physicians. Why that is a problem: they are not trained in mental health care. The irony of this medical training miscue: mental health problems are the most common problem clinicians face in practice, more common than heart disease and cancer combined.