Child psychology practices in the North of the Netherlands deal with increasingly longer lines. The repercussions of the turbulent, often isolating corona period, and the performance community have caused many complaints. “More and more young people and children are entering care homes. We’ve never had such long lines before,” he says. Practice Owner and Coordinating Practitioner Kristel Boss of Child Psychologists Noord Holland Nord to NH News.
Waiting lists for child and youth psychology (0-18 years) in North Holland are growing. After a round of phone calls from NH News to child psychology practices, it appears some of them are too busy to talk to us at all. Other practices acknowledge the problem, including Christel Bos of Kinderpsychologen Noord-Holland Noord.
The shortage of specialized care workers is significant, says Boss. Due to the decentralization of healthcare, many separate healthcare providers have entered the market. According to her, this has led to a huge gap in the show. “Many youth and specialist care staff have left and set up smaller organisations. Waiting times in these care are now longer than ever.”
Reasons for enrollment range from anxiety disorders, depression and trauma treatment to ADHD.
At Kinderpsychologen NHN, the waiting time has doubled. Boss: “In our clinic we treat people from 2 to 18. We usually have a five-week waiting list, which has now increased to ten to twelve weeks, more than doubling.”
The corona period is partly responsible for the complaints that young people experience today. For many young families, a lot has happened in the home during their “seclusion period.” “Vulnerable families became more vulnerable: Young children faced a lot of disturbance and stress, often from their parents. Teenagers spent a lot of time in their rooms.”
Because of the COVID-19 virus, she adds, “young people have lost a part of their lives.” “Coronavirus was a fear they grew up with. They didn’t see anyone and were gloomy or depressed.”
Moreover, there is a lot of pressure on young people today, says Boss. “Everything is expected: you have to look good, you have a good relationship and things have to go well at work or school. Young people also grow up with many constant fears. The world has become insecure.”
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It is the performance community that causes many young people to come to Raquel Abrahams with complaints. Abrahams is a pediatrician and vice president of AJN Jeugdartsen Nederland. Young people who talk to her often have initial complaints and do not yet need specialized care.
And that’s exactly what’s so important, according to Abrahams: identifying complaints at an early stage and helping young people preventively. According to her, this reduces the burden on specialist care and ensures that complaints among young people are not unnecessarily derailed. It “has a huge impact on someone’s life,” she asserts.
Increased waiting list
The Invivo Kids Amstelveen Secretariat treats young people from 4 to 18 years old. This practice has forced the expansion of the care team, because the waiting list is also growing here. Practice says: “Children who are registering at the moment will have their turn at the end of March, beginning of April.”
“Everything is expected: you must look good, you must have a good relationship and things must go well at work or school.”
Reasons for enrollment vary from anxiety disorders, depression, trauma treatment, to ADHD. There is a surprising number of teens among the recordings. “They’re enrolling in droves. The biggest high school-age group.”
A practice in Amsterdam North – which specializes in children and young people – reports that the waiting lists are “huge”. The practice does not want to be named, as it does not want to impede clients’ access to the practice.
“Currently, the waiting lines are about five months, before Corona it was about two months,” says one of the employees. “The number of employees has also doubled, but it doesn’t matter. It’s still busy. We can’t speed up the process, you want to provide the required quality.”
Ibrahim speaks to many young people with various complaints. You can help a large part with low-threshold care, she says. Only a part needs specialist help. This is why she calls for more preventive care. Schools can play an important role in this.
“We need timely care for young people.” Since the decentralization of healthcare, these vigilantes have been scattered. The warning is often too late. She concludes, “As a society, we should provide help early. Now you only receive care if you are really sick.”
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