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1. Who is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical physician who specializes in the care and treatment of mental, emotional, and addictive disorders. A psychiatrist is involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental diseases like anxiety, depression, psychosis, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, and developmental disabilities.
2. Is a Psychiatrist different from a Psychologist?
Psychiatrists and psychologists are medical professionals offering different services. Psychologists receive graduate training in psychology and pursue either Ph.D or PsyD or clinical psychology. Psychiatrists are physicians with specific training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness.
3. When should one consult a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist deals with the mental, emotional and behavioural aspects of human health. Whenever a person is affected by mental disorders like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, psychiatric help is needed. Drastic changes in behaviour without any visible cause require a consultation with a psychiatrist. Mental or emotional issues due to drug addiction requires psychiatric help.
4. What are the conditions treated by a Psychiatrist?
Any mental, emotional or behavioural issues that we face can be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists also deal with disorders caused by drug addiction. The following conditions are treated by psychiatrists: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, alcohol addiction, stress and burn-out, eating disorders & schizophrenia
5. Can a Psychiatrist treat anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are characterized by being in a state of extreme, perennial anxiety. One out of three people will suffer from anxiety disorders at some point in life. Overwhelming anxiety that affects your day-to-day activities becomes a disorder. A psychiatrist is trained to treat anxiety disorders through psychological therapies and medication.
Branch of medicine that deals with diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental disorders like bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, dementia, autism, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, etc. is called Psychiatry. Physicians or doctors who are specialized in the branch of psychiatry are called Psychiatrists.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Psychiatrist:
If an individual is suffering from any of the following mental disorders or medical conditions, then he/she should consult a Psychiatrist:
Psychiatrists are medical professionals who are well trained and authorized to treat mental health conditions with medications and lifestyle modifications. However, Psychologists are not medical doctors and help the patients by providing psychotherapy [talk therapy] only.
Anxiety is a mental health disorder that consists of intense, excessive, and persistent feelings of fear, worry, and stress. This can increase the onset of symptoms like depression, headaches, and dizziness. Anxiety can be treated by a Psychiatrist with proper medications, counseling, and lifestyle modifications.
Yes, Psychiatrists can counsel their patients and can prescribe medications in order to treat mental disorders.
Schizophrenia is a type of chronic mental illness that needs long term treatment. A well-experienced Psychiatrists can treat schizophrenia through medication and psychological therapies. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required.