is a Psychiatrist?
is a physician (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in the diagnosis,
treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses and substance
use disorders. It takes many years of education and training
to become a psychiatrist: He or she must graduate from college
and then medical school, and go on to complete four years
of residency training in the field of psychiatry. (Many psychiatrists
undergo additional training so that they can further specialize
in such areas as child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric
psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and/or
psychoanalysis.) This extensive medical training enables the
psychiatrist to understand the body's functions and the complex
relationship between emotional illness and other medical illnesses.
The psychiatrist is thus the mental health professional and
physician best qualified to distinguish between physical and
psychological causes of both mental and physical distress.
Psychiatrists are the only mental health professionals who
can prescribe medications and admit to hospitals.
from the American