Area Mental Health Providers Face Lack of Psychiatrists

– Associated Press – Saturday, July 2, 2016
Original Article Published on TheWashingtonTimes.com

 

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – David Sehr is an “aberration” in psychiatry. He loves the job from which most of his peers steer clear.

Sehr is an inpatient psychiatrist, a position that area mental health hospitals and clinics struggle to fill.

“We’ve lost a lot of really great candidates because they were not interested in working with an ER overnight, and taking calls from multiple ERs, working weekends and rounding (making rounds) on inpatients,” said Sehr, who has been a psychiatrist at Mountain Crest Behavioral Health in Fort Collins for five years. “(But) this is sort of my deal. I like it here.”

Sehr’s job includes treating the most critical patients with the most daunting needs so they can move on to less intensive care, reported the Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/28YLJMy).

While most strive to avoid such a job, Sehr thrives on it.

“Granted, when I’m working here on a Sunday afternoon or getting called at 2 in the morning, private practice might seem more appealing,” he said.

Thanks but no thanks.

 

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