While 60% of US psychologists have no openings for new patients, demand for treatment continues to rise, especially among adolescents and health care workers.
Demand for mental health treatment in the US continues to strain the available pool of practitioners with approximately 60% of psychologists reporting they can no longer see new patients and 72% of those with waitlists saying their list is longer than before the pandemic.
Data are from the American Psychological Association's 2022 COVID-19 Practioner Impact Survey, released this month.
The survey also captures information on which emotional disorders psychologists are seeing more of and in which populations the demand for mental health care has increased most in the last 12 months.
Primary care clinicians will be interested to know that nearly 3 years into the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for trauma-related and substance-use disorders continues to increase. Equally as concerning is the steep increase in demand for services among adolescents aged 13 to 17 years.
We have summarized the survey findings for at-a-glance review in this short slide show.
US mental health treatment capacity is strained, with 60% of psychologists reporting they no longer have openings for new patients.
Demand for mental health treatment in the US is pent up with nearly one-third (32%) of psychologists having between 10 and 49 patients on a waitlist.
More than three-quarters (79%) of US psychologists have seen an increase in anxiety disorders and two-thirds (66%) an increase in depressive disorders.
US psychologists report an increase in demand for mental health treatment across populations of color.
An increase in demand for mental health treatment among young adolescents is reported by 46% of psychologists, followed by young adults aged 18-25 years and children younger than age 13 years.