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If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important not to let your symptoms go untreated. However, seeking out help for your mental health can be a daunting task, especially with the long wait times to get into a psychiatrist.  

There is a demand and supply issue for receiving adequate care for mental health, and the wait time to see a psychiatrist can be pushed out for months. 

In this article, we will discuss the issue of just how long it may take to be seen at a traditional psych clinic, as well as your different options for receiving treatment when you are unable to be seen promptly. 

At Klarity, our goal is to provide accessible and affordable care for your mental health, all from the comfort of your own home. Schedule an appointment or take our free 2-minute self-evaluation, and we will connect you with a licensed healthcare provider within 48 hours. 

How Common Is It to Be Put On a Psychiatrist Waitlist?

Over the past few years, there has been a clear increase in the need for psychiatric care in the US and around the world. With this increased demand, psychiatrists are busier than ever and often don’t have the time or resources to keep up with the increased patient load. 

Therefore, it is fairly common for a psychiatrist to not accept new patients or to put new patients on a waitlist for the next opening. 

How Long Can You Expect to Be on a Psychiatrist Waitlist?

The time you spend on a waitlist to be seen by a psychiatrist can dramatically vary based on several different factors, including your geographic location, the type of care you need, and your insurance coverage. The dynamics and business model of the particular clinic you choose will also play a role in how quickly you will be able to be seen. 

Some small private practice psych offices may only have one or a few psychiatrists seeing patients, while other clinics have a more multidisciplinary approach, with a variety of mental health professionals, including therapists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, in addition to physicians.

On average, you can expect to be on a waitlist for a few weeks or up to several months and even over a year in some circumstances. 

Faster Alternatives For Mental Health Treatment

If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to address your symptoms. Being put on a waitlist for months can be harmful to your health, and you deserve faster care when you need it most.  

If you are on a waitlist to see a psychiatrist, there are many faster alternatives to help you now. Below we have listed a few resources and solutions to help you receive help quickly. 

Join a Self-Help Group

Connecting with others who are experiencing the same or similar issues can provide much-needed support. Joining self-help groups gives a sense of community and support by connecting with others who are experiencing similar problems. 

There are several resources available online, such as through the National Alliance on Mental Health’s (NAMI) website

Contact SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, also known as SAMHSA, is a program sponsored and run by the federal government that aims to help those who are suffering from substance abuse issues and various other mental health issues. 

They offer a hotline that is available 24/7, 365 days a year to offer help and resources for those who are experiencing substance or mental health issues. This service is confidential and provides information and resources on treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based resources. Simply call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit their webpage for more information.   

Call a Hotline

In addition to the SAMHSA hotline, there are additional hotlines that are available to help those in need of mental health services. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or self-harm behaviors, call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Line. This service is available any time or day of the year.  

Opt For Telehealth

Telehealth has become a popular way to receive faster care for your mental health in recent years. Opting for a telehealth provider allows you to receive the care you need from the convenience of your home, with shorter wait times and affordable options for those who do not have health insurance coverage. 

Speak to a Healthcare Provider in 48 Hours With Klarity

If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to address your symptoms in a timely manner and not wait months to be seen by a healthcare professional.  

At Klarity, we believe that you deserve quality care for your mental health at your convenience, with little to no wait time. We understand how important your mental health is and how your symptoms can negatively impact your life on a day-to-day basis. 

The providers on Klarity will discuss your symptoms, arrive at an accurate diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to meet your specific needs. 

Schedule an appointment today on Klarity, and we will connect you with a licensed healthcare provider in your state to be seen within 48 hours.


“SAMHSA’s National Helpline” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

“Support Groups| NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Health” NAMI.

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