Nov 17, 2022 - Health

Data du jour: Rise in mental health needs persists

Change in the share of psychologists who say demand is increasing for treatment of select mental health areas
Data: American Psychological Association; Chart: Alice Feng/Axios

Nearly three years into the pandemic, demand for mental health services is swamping the psychology profession, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.

By the numbers: Nearly half of 2,300 psychologists surveyed said they were unable to meet demand for treatment, while 60% said they have no more openings for new patients.

  • Since 2020, diagnoses of trauma, obsessive-compulsive, substance-related and cognitive disorders continue to increase year over year, with more than a quarter of psychologists reporting an increase of patients experiencing persistent and severe mental illness.
  • More than a third noted increases among patients who are transgender or have chronic illnesses. Close to 50% reported a jump in teenagers seeking mental health care.
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