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Psychiatrist shortage is a national crisis as need for mental health care grows

Oregon reportedly has fewer than 10 psychiatrists per 100,000 people.

Morgan Romero

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Published: 5:46 PM PDT July 31, 2019
Updated: 9:49 AM PDT August 2, 2019

A mental health care crisis is gripping our nation.

There is still a deeply-rooted stigma around mental illness, but that stigma is slowly starting to crumble. Meanwhile, the demand for psychiatric services is increasing.

People can’t access the care they so desperately need, and the limited number of providers is spread unevenly across the country, mostly concentrated in urban areas on the east and west coasts.

That weighs heavily on all Americans battling mental illness - and on the American health care system as a whole.

We dug into the shortage of psychiatrists in our region and around the United States.

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