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Psychiatrists play an important role in the mental health care treatment continuum, primarily providing biological and somatic approaches to treatment such as prescribing antipsychotics or proving electroconvulsive therapy. This focus on biological and somatic approaches to mental illness is largely a result of a shortage of health care professionals who provide these services. Whether an area has enough psychiatrists is central to health system planning and proving adequate access to services for consumers.

This report examines the number of psychiatrists working across the country, and includes information on:

  • The total number of psychiatrists operating in the U.S. by state
  • The trend in the total number of psychiatrists per 100,000 population over time
  • The number of child psychiatrists per 100,000 population
  • Trends in the number of child psychiatrists over time
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