Psychiatrist Job Description

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.

Psychiatrist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.
  • Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.
  • Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
  • Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments. 
  • Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  • Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.
  • Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.
  • Advise or inform guardians, relatives, or significant others of patients' conditions or treatment.
  • Teach, take continuing education classes, attend conferences or seminars, or conduct research and publish findings to increase understanding of mental, emotional, or behavioral states or disorders.
  • Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals. 
  • Prepare and submit case reports or summaries to government or mental health agencies.
  • Serve on committees to promote or maintain community mental health services or delivery systems.

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