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Psychiatry & Psychiatrist
 
 

Psychiatry is "the application of the healing art to mental diseases."

Psychiatry is the medical specialty that  studies   and   treats diseases that affect the mind. Mind creates humanity and one’s sense of self, therefore psychiatry deals with disorders that affect one’s core of existence. The presence of mental illness indicate a disturbance in mind’s functions such as attention, memory, thought patterns, mood,   feelings,   sensations ,    motivation, creativity, imagination, introspection, impulse control and many others. Psychiatry is the science and art of exploring the origins of such alterations in mental functioning giving rise    to   mental disorders such as depression, mania, schizophrenia, addictions, phobias, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and many others. Although psychiatry is very much about providing treatment and care for such mental disorders, any particular type of treatment ought not define it. Rather, its patients, its art, and its science should define it.

“Mind” is but an expression of the activity of the brain; the latter being the physical substrate of nerve cells, neuro-chemicals and neuronal circuits involved in the production of abstract mental functions like mood, memory and motivation. Since psychiatry concerns itself with diseases of the mind, it cannot stay aloof from matters of the brain. It is true, however, that some psychiatrists focus more on mind while others think more about brain. It is like having two different perspectives of the same thing, not two different things. The hope is that one day, not in too distant future, there will be a complete and unified understanding of all mental disorders as both mind and brain diseases. And that psychiatry will exist until these disorders themselves cease to exist.

American Psychiatry has undergone an extensive transformation in the last few decades from being a primarily verbal, psychological approach to mental illness, to a predominantly biological, medical approach to such disorders by means of medications. There are still, however, many types of treatment interventions utilized in various combinations to deal with different psychiatric disorders.

Psychodynamic Psychiatry is the general term used for an approach to understanding human behavior and psychiatric symptoms in the light of insights provided by Freud and others attempting to understand the workings of the unconscious mind. This approach fosters the growth of personal psychological insight and the modification of unhealthy personality traits, often thought related to earlier life experiences.

Biological Psychiatry or Psychopharmacology is an approach that places a heavy emphasis on the role of the neurotransmitters (chemicals in brain) and other physical causes in the production of psychiatric symptoms and relies heavily on the utility of medications in treating these symptoms. Due to the discovery of many effective psychiatric medications and their increasing usage in the last few decades, this is currently the dominant point of view in the field, just as psychodynamic psychiatry was before the introduction of effective medications.

Neither of the above-noted approaches precludes the other, and the clinical experience and research studies both suggest that in majority of cases the best results will usually be obtained by an appropriate combination of the two approaches, with the specific emphasis on each varying according to the individual needs of a particular patient. A competent and effective psychiatrist in this day and age can be best described as eclectic and pragmatic; he or she combines a variety of approaches and treatment interventions best suited to a particular patient’s individual needs with the objective of providing relief from psychiatric symptoms and promoting improvement of overall mental functioning.


Psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, addictive, and emotional disorders.

Because of the extensive medical training, a psychiatrist understands the body's functions and the complex relationship between emotional illness and other medical illnesses. The psychiatrist is thus uniquely qualified to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of both mental and physical distress. He or she understands the biological, psychological, and social components of illness and is qualified to order diagnostic laboratory tests, to prescribe medications, to evaluate and treat psychological and interpersonal problems, and to give continuing care for psychiatric problems. The psychiatrist is also prepared to help individuals and families who are coping with stress, crises, and other life problems. He or she may also act as a consultant to primary care physicians or to non-medical psychotherapists such as psychologists, social workers or nurse-practitioners.

For more info see the American Psychiatric Association's site:  http://www.psych.org/public_info/choosing_psych/whatpsych.cfm


Psychiatry Board Certification

Board certification in psychiatry allows physicians to present themselves to the public and institutions as qualified medical specialists in the practice of psychiatry. The psychiatry board certification process requires successful fulfill educational, practice and examination requirements. The latter consists of passing the written and oral examinations. The examinations and the certification process is conducted by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN) which is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Patients can be assured that an ABPN board certified psychiatrist has been certified as having special skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat specific problems and to medically manage the care of psychiatric disorders.


Psychiatry Subspecialties

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) recognizes and offers certificates for the following subspecialties in psychiatry:

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; for more than 30 years this was the only subspecialty recognized by ABPN and this is still the only subspecialty in psychiatry with a certificate of Special Qualification.

Geriatric Psychiatry; ABPN added this subspecialty in 1991; Certificate of Added Qualification is awarded upon successful completion of the required training and passage of the examination.

Addiction Psychiatry; ABPN added this subspecialty in 1993; Certificate of Added Qualification is awarded upon successful completion of the required training and passage of the examination.

Forensic Psychiatry; this subspecialty was added by ABPN in 1994; Certificate of Added Qualification is awarded upon successful completion of the required training and passage of the examination.

For more details on subspecialties in psychiatry see the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology website at: http://www.abpn.com/certification/recognition.html

 
 

 

 

 

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