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Psychiatrist

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Job Description

 

A psychiatrist is a physician who is specially trained in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses.

While the field of psychiatry has traditionally been associated with psychoanalysis, most psychiatrists today offer a variety of services, including treatments tailored to the specific biological, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial needs of their patients.

Psychiatrists are generally considered the medical experts for the interface of mind, brain and body.

Mental illness is like other medical conditions; it can range from relatively mild to simple or complex self-limiting conditions to life-threatening, severe disorders.

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates approximately 18.6 percent of adults ages 18 and older in the U.S. have conditions that could be diagnosable as mental illness. That’s the equivalent of 43.7 million adults.

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Responsibilities

 

Psychiatry is one of the oldest medical specialty fields. It is constantly evolving as new discoveries are uncovered through research on the brain.

Recent neuroscience advances have led to important new technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of a multitude of mental disorders.

Brain imaging and new pharmaceuticals, among other emerging innovations, have led to the development of mental illness treatments that are as effective as treatments in other medical specialties.

Psychiatrists are responsible for analyzing a patient's mental health status and providing the necessary treatment. There responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Diagnosing mental issues

  • Developing treatment plans

  • Admitting patients to hospitals

  • Ordering tests or examinations

  • Prescribing medications and other treatments

  • Recommending therapies

Additionally, they have assessment sessions with their patients to gauge responses to treatment and determine mental disorders.  

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Skills

 

Psychiatrists must be able to engage with people and use their medical expertise to make a comprehensive assessment of patients.

They combine medication along with therapy sessions to develop treatment plans and help people overcome mental disorders.

Their skills include the following: 

Reasoning

Psychiatrists must be able to apply facts and principles to issues to determine conclusions and solve problems. They must use knowledge and logic to find patters in happenings and determine causes and provide solutions.

Communication

Psychiatrists must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas to gauge patient issues. They must also be great listeners and ask questions that involve the patient and make the environment open and relaxed.

Empathy

Must be very compassionate and able to empathize with a patient's pain and other difficulties. They are able to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves and let people know they care.

Stress Management

Must be emotionally stable and deal with stress effectively, so they can help others who cannot deal with their emotions or stress. Must be a solid foundation and be able to handle stress and separate personal emotion so as to stay objective and be effective in treatment.

Ethics

Psychiatrists must have a solid ethical code and keep sessions with patients confidential as they can greatly affect people's lives. Must know that there could be consequences for error.

Open-Mindedness

Psychiatrists interact with a range of people from all walks of life, therefore they must be open-minded and tolerant of different cultures and circumstances. Since they are in a research field, they must be open to new studies and findings as to adapt with changing times.

Trustworthiness

People have to trust their psychiatrist. The job is all about inspiring patients to confide in you and trust you with their problems. If you aren't trustworthy, you will never make it as a Psychiatrist.

Patience

Psychiatrists need to be very patient because of the long sessions with patients and while conducting the required research to become a better professional. They must understand it takes time to see results and be willing to put in that time.

Perception

Psychiatrists must be able to gauge how people react and read their body language to decipher their feelings and predict their actions. They must be able to determine if people could be a risk to themselves or others and to distinguish truths from lies.

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Working Conditions

 

An average workweek for a psychiatrist is generally around 48 hours. Activities required in any given week may include administrative duties, teaching responsibilities, consultation with clients and colleagues and research. Most psychiatrists, however, spend over 60 percent of their time working directly with patients.

Two-thirds of these patients are generally seen on an outpatient basis while the rest are seen in a hospital setting. In recent years, partial hospital or day programs and community and residential programs have grown in popularity.

Psychiatric hospitalization has become more focused, more intense, with a much shorter duration that seen in previous years.

A psychiatrist may work in a private practice or a group association much the way other physicians do. Psychiatrists can also be found practicing in the public sector, such as in Veteran's Administration facilities or state hospitals.

Some work in community mental health centers that are set up for the clientele unique to psychiatry. Other settings where a psychiatric practice may flourish include medical schools, general hospitals and HMOs and specialized psychiatric hospitals.

 

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Salary Outlook

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02.19.2018
Position Title: Massachusetts Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Department: Behavioral Health Services At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and...
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  1. Psychiatrist Brighton, MA Franciscan Hospital for Children
    Position Title: Massachusetts Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Department: Behavioral Health Services At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental health and...
  2. Psychiatrist Brighton, MA Franciscan Hospital for Children
    Position Title: Massachusetts Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist City: Department: CWI-School-based outpatient At Franciscan Children's, we bring an unparalleled level of expertise to children with complex medical, mental...
  3. Psychiatrist Tupelo, MS North Mississippi State Hospital
    North Mississippi State Hospital (NMSH) is a 50-bed acute care facility located in Tupelo, MS. We are looking for a Board-certified psychiatrist with a license to practice in the state of Mississippi to join our team of interdisciplinary...
  4. Psychiatrist Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is seeking Board Eligible/Board Certified Psychiatrist to provide weekdend and holiday coverage. Rounds for inpatient psychiatric unit Admissions to unit Consults to Med/Surg and ED patients beeper...
  5. Psychiatrist-Adult Lawton, OK Southwestern Medical Center
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  6. Child Psychiatrist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Child Psychiatrist Maine Behavioral Healthcare is seeking a BC/BE Child Psychiatrist for our community based office in Biddeford, Maine. The selected candidate will perform psychiatric evaluations, follow up with psychiatric management,...
  7. Addiction Psychiatrist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Addiction Psychiatrist Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH), a MaineHealth member, is seeking a BC/BE Addiction Psychiatrist for a full time, regional opportunity covering both Sanford and Biddeford, Maine. The selected candidate will lead an...
  8. Attending Psychiatrist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Attending Psychiatrist Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist for an Inpatient Psychiatric Services attending position located at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), in Biddeford, Maine. Southern Maine Health...
  9. Psychiatrist Twin Cities Metro, MN PrairieCare
    As a Psychiatrist, you will: Diagnose and provide treatment for people with psychiatric disorders, substance abuse disorders and medical problems Serve as a leader of the interdisciplinary team supporting PrairieCares treatment programs and...
  10. Attending Psychiatrist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Inpatient Psychiatrist The Department of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center (MMC) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist to join our Inpatient Medical Psychiatry Unit as a faculty clinician-educator. This is an inpatient unit of 21 beds...
  11. Psychiatrist - Adol/Childrens Lawton, OK Southwestern Medical Center
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  12. Adult Psychiatrist Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  13. Psychiatrist - per diem Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Adult Psychiatrist Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist for a per diem Inpatient Psychiatric Services position located at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Maine. Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH), a...
  14. Psychiatrist Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    Midtown Mental Health at Eskenazi Health is the oldest and largest Community Mental Health center in Indiana and offers a variety of practice opportunities and settings. The Psychiatrist engages in patient care and clinical leadership in a...
  15. Psychiatrist Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    Midtown Mental Health at Eskenazi Health is the oldest and largest Community Mental Health center in Indiana and offers a variety of practice opportunities and settings. The Psychiatrist engages in patient care and clinical leadership in a...