Top hospitals for adult psychiatry in the U.S. 2019

Adult psychiatry is an important part of medical and mental health treatments in the U.S. As of 2019 the top hospital for adult psychiatry was Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA with a score of 21.8 percent. The score represents the percentage of surveyed physicians that named select hospitals as the best for challenging patients. The second best hospital selected was McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA with a score of 19.7 percent. Despite hospitals having a wider range of care options for patients, a majority of the mental health treatment facilities in the U.S. are listed as outpatient care centers without day treatment options or partial hospitalization options.

Mental Health in the U.S.

In the U.S. millions of people are affected by mental illness every year. Mental illnesses can range from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder to schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Research has indicated that as of 2018 up to a quarter of adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in the U.S. had experienced some sort of mental illness within the past year, with rates of mental illness decreasing with age. A recent survey also indicated that among adults in the U.S. those living in Oregon and Utah may have the poorest mental health status among all states.

Mental Health Treatment in the U.S.

Not all mental health treatment requires hospitalization or psychiatric treatment. Most mental health issues can be addressed and treated in individual or group psychotherapy, but treatment differs drastically based on the type of mental illness. Psychotherapy, medication, case management, hospitalization and support groups are just a few of the ways mental illness can be treated. As of 2017 a larger percentage of U.S. adults utilized prescription medications as opposed to any other kind of therapy. Among adults that sought treatment from a professional for a major depressive episode, a majority had seen a general practitioner or family doctor to treat their mental health issues.

Top hospitals for adult psychiatry in the United States as of 2019*

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Release date

July 2019


United States

Survey time period

as of 2019

Number of respondents

base: around 5,000 hospitals and 30,000 physicians

Supplementary notes

* Based on the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2019-20 report. Score based on the percentage of psychiatric specialists in 2017, 2018 and 2019 who named hospital as among best for very challenging patients.

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