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Psychiatry is the field of medicine that specializes in mental disorders, including: affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual disorders. A primary function of a psychiatrist as a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is to develop treatment plans for people afflicted by mental illness (Bi-Polar, Major Depressive Disorder and other mental health disorders) or medical conditions that relate to psychiatry, such as, Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia.

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Selecting Your Psychiatrist
A select number of psychiatrists offer adjuncts to traditional treatment, such as, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioral therapy. For example, there are 300 Centers for TMS Therapy in the U.S., an innovative alternative to medications and ECT for people with major depressive disorder.  There are also psychiatrists that focus on specific issues, such as, post-traumatic stress disorder.  Psychiatrists may work hand in hand with clinical psychologists and other types of mental health counselors. A select number of psychiatrists also conduct research activities to support the specialty of psychiatry. Psychiatrists may also specialize in other areas, such as, neuropsychiatry for closed head injury and brain injury victims.

Selecting your psychiatrist is a personal decision.  You’ll want to feel comfortable to have strong communication with your psychiatrist. You’ll want to feel comfortable with the approach that your psychiatrist feels is the best to support your needs.  You may want to know what type of ongoing support you’ll have, particularly if you should require last minute support instead of the evolution of an emergency need which may require a hospitalization when left untreated.  We invite you to learn more about the background and experience of the Psychiatrists in our Directory.

It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.