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Surge in mental illness highlights psychotherapist dearth

DDP/The Local · 12 Aug 2010, 09:21

Published: 12 Aug 2010 09:21 GMT+02:00

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“In Germany there are by far too few psychotherapists, particularly in rural areas,” BPtK president Rainer Richter told daily Osnabrücker Zeitung.

While urban areas normally have one therapist for every 2,577 residents, rural parts of the country are forced to make do with just one per 23,106 people, he said. Germany also lacks outpatient treatment options, he added.

According to the National Statistics Office (Destatis), between 2002 and 2008 the amount of money spent on psychological ailments jumped by 5.3 percent to €28.7 billion.

Meanwhile a new report set to be published by health insurer TK reveals that antidepressant use has increased by 113 percent in the last 10 years, a spokesperson told the paper. The study also shows that women take a greater proportion of the pharmaceuticals than men.

According to TK, in 2009 employees took an average of 1.6 work days off due to psychological distress, an increase of 40 percent from the year 2000.

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In metropolitan areas such as Berlin and Hamburg these numbers are 30 percent higher than the national average, the paper reported.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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10:25 August 12, 2010 by Gerd1965
One doesn't have to study medicine to work as a psychotherapist. Studying psychology and training special therapist skills with getting certificates requested by health insurers is a pretty good way to get into psychotherapy business.
10:56 August 12, 2010 by William Thirteen
The study also shows that women take a greater proportion of the pharmaceuticals than men...

didn't they learn to share as children?
15:01 August 12, 2010 by auniquecorn
I think we have to blame the Gov´t for this, They´re driving everybody crazy....
20:21 August 12, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I simply find it very unfortuante that humans are not intelligent enough to know that psychology should be the foundation of life.

An effect form of psychology is absolutely essential because it helps us to succesfully interpret what we hear, see and feel, physically and mentally.

A person will surely encounter misery if they don't know how to think. And it's useless to teach history, science, math, social studies and finance, if a person lacks basic thinking skills.

Human psychology has never, or ever will lead humans to the zenith. It's incapable. We can either commit to a non-human concept or continue the craziness. Non-emotionalism is truly brilliant. It has the potential to solve all of our problems. I wish all people would relaize this fact. There is hope, you just have to believe.
21:21 August 12, 2010 by BR549
The increase in antidepressants by 113% is nothing more than effective marketing by the pharmaceutical industry. Give doctors an incentive to precribe a certain "med", and...BAM! Everyone is on it!!. Depression and mental illness is not a mental disease. It is a CULTURAL disease. People cannot cope with the added pressures and pace modern WESTERN society. Until people focus on basic life fundamentals (family, quality time) instead of being a CONSUMER, mental illness and depression will continue to erode and slowly kill our society.
17:47 August 13, 2010 by serbianbelle
I can't speak for Germany,however, we all know how fast life has become. There is no time for reflection. We go from one task to the next. It appears our lives consist of chores. No time for relationships, mothering, meeting friends. I recall my aunts and other women sitting knitting or crocheting or mending clothes and chatting at the same time. They would do it in the park or visiting one another or even in a small cafe. I can't remember the last time I saw anyone do that. That kind of exchange was very important to their mental well being. We all need to learn new ways of dealing with demands of modern life and our children need to be thought from an early age how to live a more balanced life.
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