Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts in mental health. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness.
Psychiatrists have a deep understanding of physical and mental health – and how they affect each other. They help people with mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addiction.
What does a psychiatrist do?
Psychiatrists assess all of your mental and physical symptoms.
These specialists primarily diagnose and treat GI diseases in both men and women
They make a diagnosis and work with you to develop a management plan for your treatment and recovery.
Psychiatrists provide psychological treatment, prescribe medications and do procedures such as electroconvulsive therapy.
As part of their work, a psychiatrist can:
- provide urgent care for a sudden mental illness
- help you to manage a long-term mental health condition
- provide advice about lifestyle changes
- work with you individually, or with you and your partner, family or carers
- provide second opinions and advice to other doctors and health professionals
- refer you to other health professionals
- admit you to hospital if required
What treatments can a psychiatrist provide?
Psychiatrists provide and recommend a range of treatments, including:
- psychological treatment (also called psychotherapy or talking therapy)
- brain stimulation therapies, such as electroconvulsive therapy
They will also offer practical advice about diet, sleep and other ways you can help yourself get better.
They will provide you with information about your condition, which can help you to understand your symptoms and treatments.
Our psychiatrist will only suggest treatments that are proven to be safe and effective.
Our psychiatrist will explain:
- why they recommend this treatment
- how it works
- what the side-effects are
- any risks of the treatment
- how much it costs
It's up to you whether you agree to have the treatment