What is 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.


Typical 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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