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What is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who chooses to specialize in the treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral health and substance use problems after completing medical school. After an additional four to seven years of academic and supervised clinical training in the biological, social, and psychological aspects of mental illness, psychiatrists are the healthcare professionals most highly trained to integrate psychiatric diagnosis, pharmacological (medications) treatment, somatic treatments and psychotherapy (talking therapy). Often a psychiatrist will pursue additional training in a psychiatric subspecialty – ranging from child psychiatry to geriatric psychiatry. Other psychiatrists provide more specialized treatments such a psychoanalysis, community mental health and transcranial magnetic therapy.
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