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What is a psychiatrist and how do they help with mental health?

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A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental illness. A psychiatrist is trained to tell mental health problems from other medical conditions that could cause psychiatric symptoms. They also work with you on how mental illness can affect other physical conditions (such as problems with the heart or high blood pressure), and the effects of medicines (such as weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, sleep, and kidney or liver function).

From: Guide to Psychiatry and Counseling WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mental Health America: "Types of Mental Health Professionals."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Mental Health Professionals: Who They Are and How to Find One."

AllPsychologySchools.com: "Psychology vs. Psychiatry -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders: "Psychiatrist."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Psychotherapies."

American Psychological Association: "Different approaches to psychotherapy."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 4, 2017

SOURCES:

Mental Health America: "Types of Mental Health Professionals."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Mental Health Professionals: Who They Are and How to Find One."

AllPsychologySchools.com: "Psychology vs. Psychiatry -- Do You Know the Difference?"

Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders: "Psychiatrist."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Psychotherapies."

American Psychological Association: "Different approaches to psychotherapy."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 4, 2017

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