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What's the daily schedule of a psychiatrist?

I love Psychology and it's always been my dream to go into psychiatry due to the lack of doctors in the mental health field. But I'm curious about the various types of psychiatrists and what their day is filled with. mental-health psychiatrist mental-illness forensic-psychiatrist

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Michelle’s Answer

Oh gosh! the sky is the limit!!! in my 20 years as a psychiatrist I have done so many different things! I worked on an inpatient unit and did consults on the medical floor. I worked as part of a specialized assertive community treatment team for 100 of our county's most ill people. I've done homeless psychiatry where I treat people on the streets and under the bridges as well as in shelters and as part of Healthcare for the Homeless in their clinics. I've worked at a faith-based counseling center, an integrated outpatient care center for under/uninsured people. I've worked in a clinic that serves a lot of undocumented workers. I've worked in private practice and for non-profit housing first organizations. I've had my own practice as a solo provider. The best part of psychiatry is that there isn't a lot of overhead when it comes to having an office. My main medical tool is me; I don't need an exam table or fancy equipment. It makes it much easier to be autonomous. I have been an independent contractor for the last 11 years and there are endless possibilities (not to mention a huge demand for my services). Good luck!
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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Belal,

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have specialized in psychiatry by completing an additional four years of training in the specialty of psychiatry. Psychiatrists can undertake additional training and become subspecialists.

General Adult Psychiatrists

A general adult psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has completed four years of training in psychiatry. General psychiatrists are trained to treat the entire spectrum of psychiatric problems, from mild distress in high-functioning people to chronic and severe mental illness.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

Child and adolescent psychiatrists have completed a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, in addition to their training in general adult psychiatry. They are trained to treat psychiatric problems in all age groups but usually prefer to concentrate on children and adolescents.

Addiction Psychiatrists

Addiction psychiatrists specialize in the treatment of patients with addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Forensic Psychiatrists

Forensic psychiatrists work in prisons and in forensic state hospitals. They also perform evaluations of suspects of crimes to determine if their actions were a result of an underlying mental illness.

Consult Liaison Psychiatrists

Consult liaison psychiatrists, also known as specialists in psychosomatic medicine, work in general medical hospitals as consultants to the treating physician. They assess and treat psychiatric problems in patients who are in a general medical hospital for treatment of a non-psychiatric condition.

Geriatric Psychiatrists

Geriatric psychiatrists specialize in treatment of the geriatric population. In addition to treating psychiatric problems in this advanced age group, they assess and treat patients with dementia.

Psychiatrists, like most physicians, often work long hours. Some psychiatrists take emergency calls, which can disrupt their schedules or require that they spend an entire day in the hospital. They may have to travel between an office and a hospital. A clinical psychiatrist spends a great deal of time sitting when working with patients, while a psychiatrist in an experimental lab may spend long hours standing.