What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders. It integrates biological, social and psychological aspects of mental health to provide holistic medical care for a range of symptoms. There are many fields in psychiatry including general adult, child and adolescent, eating disorders, old age, substance dependence, forensic, hospital psychiatry and neuropsychiatry.

What is a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. Psychiatrists act as medical consultants in many ways and in many settings. Most psychiatrists work in public hospitals or in private rooms, seeing patients for the diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders and providing treatments for these conditions. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications, provide specialized counseling called psychotherapy and organize support services and assistance for their patients.