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Therapist Shortage in the Pandemic: How to Find Psychological Help in a Crisis

Dusseldorf Mental problems increase massively in the Corona period. But getting professional help promptly is now almost hopeless. Where to find support and how patients with statutory health insurance can take advantage of private therapy.

With the duration of the lockdown, the number of people increases who no longer feel psychologically up to the current situation, lose their nerve and with them their psychological stability. One consequence: the number of sick leave due to psychological diagnoses is increasing. According to the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), their share of the total sickness rate was almost 20 percent in the first half of 2020. But the pandemic was just beginning. Psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists report an increase in mental disorders over the duration of the pandemic. Above all, the number of depression and anxiety disorders is increasing.