ATLANTA — Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, of Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian explores the future of psychiatry, the field’s recent successes and remaining challenges.
The World Bank and WHO estimate that mental health illness will be second largest disease group by 2020 and the third largest by 2030, according to Lieberman.
Mental health is becoming increasingly recognized as a significant influence on public health and the U.S. economy and it is this recent attention that may jumpstart the field of psychiatry.
“Psychiatry’s future is very, very bright — if we can get there,” Lieberman told Healio.com/Psychiatry. “Our field needs to be proactive in appreciating what this means and preparing ourselves for the role that psychiatry is going to have in the health care profession.”