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More Specialists Needed to Combat Mental Illness

September 20, 2018

Americans live busy lives from working long hours to pay the next rent to parenting a newborn to getting a college degree. Having an overloaded schedule, however, can often be a heavy burden for many to handle on a daily basis. One in every five Americans suffers from a mental illness or a disorder which can interfere with their work, social life, and health. This happens to show that over 40 million people happen to have mental issues. The awareness for mental illnesses may have increased over the years, yet there is a high demand for psychiatrists specialized in the field of mental health. Hence, the amount of licensed psychiatrists must be expanded.

About 111 million people are living in mental health shortage areas and 2 out of 3 physicians reported having difficulty referring their patients to a trusted psychiatrist. This happens to support the fact that the amount of psychiatrists in more than half the number of counties in the United States is zero. Such a shortage in the workforce cannot support a nation where mental health issues run strong.

As one must see, many people suffer from mental illness especially the youth of this country. The younger generations happen to experience more distress than the late generations due to a variety of factors such as technology, a larger number of career choices, emphasis on education, etc. Distress can lead to such mental problems such as depression and anxiety which are the top leading mental conflicts among teens.

To have more psychiatrists in the work field, teachers and parents can start encouraging young adults to pursue an interest in psychiatry and psychology if they are planning a pre-med or a psychology major in college. Furthermore, in high school science classes the topic of mental health and the brain can be touched upon and discussed to increase the interest among students. Engaging young students into the psychiatric field is helpful, but mental health awareness must be persistent.

MEDHA PURUSHOTHAM

Chelmsford

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