Who is a Psychiatrist

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A psychiatrist is a doctor that studies, treats and prevents illnesses of the mind. The settings in which they usually work are hospitals, clinics, and rehabs. To diagnose a patient, psychiatrists often use a mix of psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy along with physical examinations, blood tests, CT imaging, PET scans, MRIs, so on and so forth. They also need to consider genetic and environmental factors before reaching a diagnosis.

What’s their job like? A Psychiatrist’s job can be very difficult as a lot of times, mental conditions manifest in a number of unprecedented and unpredictable ways.

Sometimes, seemingly mental conditions have physical causes and something seemingly physical might actually be caused by a mental issue.

For example, you don’t want to go somewhere but feel forced to, your legs give out and you are unable to walk. There is never a ‘one-size-fits-all’ formula for any branch of medicine, especially psychiatry. Every patient is a different and unique human. That’s why a psychiatrist needs to constantly adapt and perceive things in a way no one else would ever; they need to have analytical skills and a keen eye. Every word, every movement, every change in body language can become a clue to a psychiatrist to uncover the underlying problems someone is facing.

I’m not mentally ill. Why should I go to a psychiatrist? You need not always have to have a mental condition or diagnosis to meet a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are equipped to deal with emotionally troubled humans too. They can act like a psychologist or therapist as much as possible within their scope and can enable you to get the help you need by setting you up with a therapist or counselor. Of course, there is one thing you should always keep in mind- make sure you feel comfortable and you find your psychiatrist trustworthy. Else, the treatment process will be in vain.

If you ever have trouble getting in touch with one, hop on a quick google search. For example, if you live in Gurgaon and want to get help from a psychiatrist, go over to Google, search for ‘Psychiatrist in Gurgaon’ or ‘Gurgaon Psychiatrist’ or ‘ psychiatrist near me’ and you will get a bunch of results.

Check out the most popular ones, see the reviews, fees, clinics, timings. Give the clinic or the psychiatrist a phone call if you want and set up an appointment. You will thank yourself for it.

Always remember, you are not your problems. Reach out and get help.