A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that specializes in the treatment of mental disorders.
The main role for psychiatrists is to diagnose, assess, and treat mental illnesses.
Psychiatrists have a wide variety of available options and methods to treat their patients. Psychiatrists treat their patients using the appropriate combination of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, medication, and hospitalization. In order to accurately diagnose and assess each patient’s mental illness, a psychiatrist will examine each patient’s medical history and observe his or her behaviors.
One of the most common tasks for a psychiatrist is engaging with patients, in an individual or group setting. During these discussions, psychiatrists help their patients to understand their behaviors and help to adjust them.
In addition to psychotherapy, psychiatrists can use medication to help correct chemical imbalances that lead to mental disorders.