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Why does France lack child psychiatrists?


DECRYPTION - Two recent reports, from the Children's Council and the Court of Auditors, alert on the inadequacy of the child psychiatric offer in the face of the growing needs of young French people.

Six months.

This is the waiting time that French children and adolescents have to face to consult a child psychiatrist, according to the Defender of Rights' annual report for 2021. A figure that is hardly surprising for many specialists who have been warning for several years about the shortage of child psychiatrists in France.

A report from the Children's Council published on March 13 again points to the subject as a priority equation to be resolved: “

As of January 1, 2020, 597 child psychiatrists are listed, with an average age of 65 years.


The situation is urgent

," claim the health professionals interviewed by

Le Figaro


We are facing a boom in psychiatric pathologies in children and adolescents since confinement

“, explains child psychiatrist Candice Blondeau.

A report by the Court of Auditors published on Tuesday thus estimates "

that around 1.6 million children and adolescents suffer from a mental disorder

", and assesses the prevalence of all mental disorders...

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Source: lefigaro

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