Some people may appear physically fit but they might actually be suffering from a mental illness. In this case, what this person should seek for is an assistance coming from a medical expert specializing in psychiatry and this is no other than a psychiatrist.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors whose specialty is to diagnose and treat mental disorders. They have undergone serious training on performing mental assessments and psychotherapy
. Prescribing appropriate psychiatric medications are also part of the job of these professionals and they are the small portion of the group that is licensed to do so.
Further more, appraisal would not be complete without their capacity to perform physical evaluations, analyze lab exam results, and interpret diagnostic results from electroencephalogram and computed tomography scan (CT scan). Psychiatrists can also order for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan when necessary so as to establish the right diagnosis for a patient with unknown mental condition.
Types of Patients
Physicians, who dedicate themselves to the field of psychiatry, are focused on preventing occurrence of mental illnesses. Furthermore, they have excellent knowledge and skills when it comes to diagnosing and treating addiction, emotional disorders, and the likes. Other mental conditions that are dealt with by these medical specialists include substance abuse, psychosis, depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, and developmental disability.
Psychiatrists also assist in managing phobias such as agoraphobia and claustrophobia. There are patients who are also affected with personality disorders like: antisocial, borderline, histrionic, dependent, and avoidant personality disorders.
If a psychiatrist desires to specialize on a branch of psychiatry then he or she must undergo further education and obtain certification from ABPN. Two of the most common subspecialties are geriatric psychiatry
(a field that caters the elderly) and child and adolescent psychiatry
. Psychiatrists may also choose to engage in the other areas of psychiatry such as addiction psychiatry
, forensic psychiatry
, pain management, and neurodevelopment delays.
Psychiatrist doctors by state:
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