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Psychiatrist Job Description

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating people with mental illnesses. Some common mental illnesses psychiatrists handle include depression, anxiety, phobias, mania, schizophrenia, learning disabilities, addiction disorders, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, mood disorders, dementia, and antisocial personality disorders.

Psychiatrists are similar to psychologists in that both study and research on human behavior and mental disorders, and practice psychotherapy, but the educational requirements for both disciplines and their approach to treatment differs, as psychiatrists are medical doctors and psychologists are not.

Pursue a career in psychiatry if you have good people skills and genuine concern for people suffering from mentally illnesses.

What does a Psychiatrist do?

Psychiatrists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Psychiatrists may work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays, or be on call. They work in hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons, government offices, and schools. Their work may be stressful, as they often care for very distressed people.

What is Required to Become a Psychiatrist?

To become a psychiatrist, It will take anywhere from 9-10 years of schooling to get the license, as you will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a medical school, complete an internship program, and then complete a residency program of up to 4 years in psychiatry.

Specializations

A psychiatrist may specialize to become any of the following:


Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Psychiatrists need to have:



References

Alternative Careers


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