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Psychiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on the study and treatment of mental health disorders. It is a highly specialized field that, despite the lack of direct diagnostic testing available, provides an extremely important role in overall wellbeing.

Psychiatrists are board-certified medical doctors who diagnose and treat a variety of mental health disorders, which range from anxiety attacks and depression to schizophrenia and other psychoses. As a medical doctor, a psychiatrist is licensed to prescribe medication, and often works in conjunction with psychotherapists (talk therapists) and other mental health professionals.

Psychiatrists typically diagnose mental health disorders based on the criteria listed in manuals such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association. Before starting any kind of psychiatric treatment, a psychiatrist will typically give the patient a medical and psychiatric evaluation, gather patient history (medical history, symptoms of problems) and conduct physical exams, laboratory tests and brain imaging scans, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans.

Psychiatrists typically work directly with patients, either in a clinical (hospital) or counseling situation, however many devote their practice to research, teaching in academic settings, or are employed in a corporate sector (industrial, media, law, etc.). Psychiatrists must graduate medical school and complete 3-4 years of psychiatric residency, followed by psychiatric fellowship training. They are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology(ABPN).

  • Addiction psychiatry – Evaluation and treatment of individuals with alcohol, drug, or other substance-related disorders as pertaining to mental processes
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry – Psychiatric issues in children, teenagers, and families
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry –Cultural and ethnic issues related to mental disorders and psychiatric services
  • Geriatric psychiatry – The understanding, prevention and treatment of mental disorders in elderly persons

Psychiatrists treat a wide range of conditions in children and adults, some of which can be harmful or life-threatening to the patient and others if not treated. Examples of various conditions psychiatrists treat include:

  • Autism and Asperger disorder
  • Alcoholism, substance abuse
  • Addictions and compulsions
  • Abuse, bullying and violence
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Eating disorders (Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa)
  • Personality disorders (bipolar disorder, avoidant personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Dementia, hallucinations, delusions
  • Gender identity disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual dysfunction and paraphilia (exhibitionism, frotteurism, voyeurism)
  • Stuttering
  • Suicide attempts and self-harm
  • Sleep disorders (sleep terror disorder, sleepwalking disorder)






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