Lack of child psychiatrists making itself felt as thousands of children develop mental problems

Thousands of children in the Czech Republic have developed mood swings or depression in the wake of the Covid pandemic, according to the Association of General Practitioners for Children and Adolescents. The association says the problem is exacerbated by the dire lack of child psychiatrists who only cover about 40 percent of the country’s present needs. Children and adolescents often wait months for an appointment. General practitioners are now getting special training on how to recognize mental problems in children and determine appropriate treatment.