Career as a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists assess, diagnose and provide treatment for people with mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. They study how the brain and nervous systems function and how these interact with people's environments and affect the way people think, feel and behave. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They often employ individual or group therapy to gain insight into a patient's past and find coping methods to help patients address their own problems. Some cases may require medications or hospitalization. Psychiatrists who work with hospitalized patients collaborate with other professionals to design treatment plans and monitor progress. To be effective at counseling patients, psychiatrists need strong communication skills. They should be knowledgeable about psychology and sociology, which help them identify behavioral patterns. Psychiatrists may need to interview individuals closely related to a patient, such as parents, children, or spouses. The duties of Psychiatrist typical includes to study patients' medical and psychiatric histories and understand patients' mental health state by talking with them then to provide personalized treatments such as talking therapy or meditation. They also carry out tests, such as blood tests, to determine treatment, prescribe and monitor medication, work with patients and their families to understand patients' likely responses to treatment. Psychiatrist also work with other team members, such as nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists, to provide assessments and intervention, and co-ordinate rehabilitation and recovery programmes, mentor trainee psychiatrists, prepare reports and give evidence in court, advocate for improved services for people with mental health issues.

  • Psychiatrists usually work regular business hours, but may also be on call in evenings or weekends .They usually work in community mental health centers, hospitals or clinics. Psychiatrist may care for very distressed people, which can be stressful and may travel locally and overseas to attend conferences.

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Health Sciences or Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • M.D. or Doctor of Medicine.

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