What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
What is a Psychiatrist and What Are Common Reasons to See One?
A psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health. They are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. It is important to remember that seeking psychiatric help is not age dependent and that people of all ages pursue psychiatric help.
Symptoms of psychiatric concern are diverse and numerous. They present themselves through various intensities and onsets or possible triggers. These may be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide or hearing voices. Or they may be long-term, such as constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness, causing everyday life, to feel distorted or out of your control.
What are the benefits?
By speaking with a psychiatrist, they can help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. They understand the complex relationship between emotional and other mental or physical illnesses and the relationships they have with genetics and social or family history. A psychiatrist can evaluate medical and psychological data, make a diagnosis, and work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that can pave the road to achieving cognitive health.