What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing various mental issues which affect emotion, cognition, and behavior. Psychiatrists are doctors who specialize in psychiatry; they have completed an MD (Doctor of Medicine) in psychiatry after an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) course.
People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.
Morgan Mental Health currently has career openings for licensed psychiatrists. If you are an psychiatrist looking for a place to practice in Southwestern Idaho, in the Treasure Valley near Boise, Idaho, please email us a resume and cover letter including:
- What kind of work you do and why you love it.
- Your ideal patient – who you love to work with and why.
- Examples of how you plan to (or already do) attract your ideal patient.
- Your ideal schedule – what days/times are you interested in seeing patients.
- Your current and future business goals.
Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed psychiatric training. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health crisis and issues. During their specialized training, psychiatrists study the brain’s functions and the complex relationship between the body and brain. They are qualified to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of mental and physical distress.
Some psychiatrists have completed additional training in child and adolescent mental health, substance use disorders or geriatric psychiatry. As medical doctors, psychiatrists may diagnose psychiatric conditions, manage medical issues, prescribe medications, and provide psychotherapy.
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When you make an appointment with a psychiatrist, they’ll first ask about your mental and physical symptoms. This may involve a physical exam, lab tests, and/or a psychological evaluation. Psychiatrists assess all of your mental and physical symptoms. They make a diagnosis and work with you to develop a management plan for your treatment and recovery. Psychiatrists provide psychological treatment, prescribe medications and do procedures such as electroconvulsive therapy.
Psychiatrists may also provide psychopharmacotherapy, which is the practice of using medications to treat psychiatric conditions. Because they are also medical doctors, psychiatrists may order lab work or other tests to monitor progress. Psychiatrists may also collaborate with other medical doctors, such as pediatricians, neurologists, endocrinologists, and family medicine doctors, in order to provide the best medical care.
A psychiatrist can:
- diagnose and treat mental health disorders
- provide psychological counseling, also called psychotherapy
- provide psychiatric evaluations
- prescribe medication
- provide urgent care for a sudden mental illness
- help manage a long-term mental health condition
- provide advice about lifestyle changes
- work with an individual, or with their partner, family or caregivers
- provide second opinions and advice to other doctors and health professionals
- refer you to other health professionals
- admit you to hospital if required.