The pandemic is exacerbating a shortage of child therapists

As the pandemic drags on, children and teenagers endure an unprecedented realignment of daily life. Isolated in apartments and houses, kids contend with unending pressures — lost contact with friends and normal school life, grown-ups’ ubiquity and unwanted attentions, as well as the fear that their futures may be compromised by an invisible, deadly menace. To help, concerned parents seek child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, along with other counselors. But there aren’t enough such professionals to begin with in America, some experts say. And many of those who are working are b…

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