A patient’s feeling of hopelessness and dissatisfaction with their mental health professional increases when they feel that their professional is not treating them in the most effective way or that there is a disconnect due to age, gender, or ethnicity. We want to better understand the underlying causes of this mismatch between mental health professionals and patients by analyzing real world accounts in this study, with the ultimate goal of constructing an effective solution. We seek to increase the quality of care and accessibility of mental health services for patients struggling with mental illness through the use of technology. Observing common themes and causes and effects in the anonymous answers to both surveys will start as the foundation of our ultimate technological vehicle that will enable better and more promising connections between mental health professionals and their out-patients.
60% of youth with major depression did not receive any mental health treatment in 2017-2018. Even in states with the greatest access, over 38% are not receiving the mental health services they need.
Psychotherapy techniques can be regarded as inferior to the therapist-patient relationship for care. A strong relationship invokes hope and allows the therapist and patient alike to eagerly face the patient’s problems while the actual therapy techniques are a placebo hiding a disorganized system that does not work for every individual but can be extremely helpful.
In addition, a lack of understanding between a patient and their mental health professional may also cause patient dissatisfaction due to cultural differences.
The number of mental health treatments are expected to outstrip the supply of psychiatrists. According to a 2017 National Council for Behavioral Health that studies the psychiatric shortage’s causes, demand may outstrip supply by 6,090 to 15,600 psychiatrists in the year of 2025. A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that a majority of non-metropolitan counties (65%) do not have a psychiatrist and almost half of non-metropolitan counties (47%) do not have a psychologist.