is a psychiatrist?
psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor (MD or DO) who specializes
in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
Training includes an undergraduate degree, four years of medical
school, and at least four years of psychiatric residency (five
years for child, geriatric and other specialty psychiatrists).
This intensive medical training prepares psychiatrists to
attend to the biological, psychological and social aspects
of mental disorders. Psychiatrists treat a broad range of
mental health problems across the life cyclefrom children
to senior citizens. Treatment may include hospital or clinic
work with individuals, their families, groups and consulting
to primary care or other physicians.