Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist
Occupation
Names
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Description
Competencies
  • Analytical mind
  • patience
Education required
Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS/MBChB)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
Fields of
employment
Psychiatric clinics
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A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments or strictly mental issues. A psychiatrist usually works within a multi-disciplinary team, which may comprise clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and nursing staff. Psychiatrists have broad training in a bio-psycho-social approach to assessment and management of mental illness.

As part of the clinical assessment process, psychiatrists may employ a mental status examination; a physical examination; brain imaging such as a computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission tomography (PET) scan; and blood testing. Psychiatrists use pharmacologic, psychotherapeutic, and/or interventional approaches to treat mental disorders.