How to Become a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Job Description

Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists also act as consultants for other physicians.


Psychiatrist Job Duties

  • Assess patients on an individual basis
  • Create care plans which include treatments ranging from individual or group therapy sessions to medication
  • Provide therapy to outpatients and their families
  • Liaise with hospital staff to discuss treatment plans and patient progress
  • Diagnose and treat mental health emergencies in hospital emergency rooms
  • Speak to various organizations and community groups regarding mental health issues
  • Serve on committees to promote and maintain mental health services and delivery systems in their communities




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