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What is the everyday workday for a psychiatrist?


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Snehaa’s Answer

Hi Shavone,

To answer to your question,

On a daily basis,Psychiatrists prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders. They also prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.

Other tasks include:

Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.
Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.
Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.
Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.


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Thank you so much!!! This helped a lot. Shavone B.

No Problem Shavone!! All the best for you!! Snehaa Sivakumar

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Deepak’s Answer

Psychiatrists diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that affect a person's mental and emotional health. They can diagnose, treat, and help manage conditions ranging from anxiety, eating disorders, and depression to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.

Hi Deepak, this is a good definition but doesn't help students understand what the the average workday for a psychiatrist is like. If you could provide further details, that would be great Gurpreet Lally

Thank you so much for your help! Shavone B.

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Estelle’s Answer

Psychiatrists have fairly predictable schedules which is nice in the field of medicine. Most psychiatrists have office hours from about 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most take at least one afternoon off a week. They usually schedule patients every half hour (follow ups and medication check ups) to one hour for more in depth counseling. Some do take call for emergency rooms or psychiatric hospitals, but the call is scheduled as well. Psychiatry can be emotionally draining, but they can find ways to arrange their schedules for their own leisure activities to prevent burn out.

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