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What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry treats mental disorders, which are usually divided into three very general categories:

  • Mental illness

  • Severe learning difficulties

  • Personality disorders

The concentration of psychiatry has hardly changed over time. But, the diagnostic and treatment processes have been changing severely. Since the 21st century, the field of psychiatry has become more biological and less isolated from other fields of medicine.

Psychiatry focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders. A psychiatrist is a doctor specializing in mental health, including substance-related disorders. Psychiatrists assess both mental and physical aspects of mental health problems.

What Does A Psychiatrist Do?

A psychiatrist is a specialist in who caters to people having mental health issues that may or may not include substance abuse as well. A psychiatrist is qualified to examine and diagnose the physical and mental effects of a psychological problem in a person.

People normally consult a psychiatrist for numerous reasons, ranging from panic attacks to having hallucinations. The problems can be long term as well such as having an overcoming feeling of depression, sadness, anxiety or other life distorting issues.

People subjected to psychiatric examinations are examined by a psychiatrist. A mental and physical examination is performed to identify diseases that cause the problem. Psychiatric drugs can cause side effects in patients. Some require constant monitoring of therapeutic measures.

Psychiatric patients are admitted to a hospital or clinic for psychiatric care. Some are admitted involuntarily, perhaps to a secure hospital, or in the prison system. Involuntary consent criteria vary depending on local jurisdiction. They can be as extensive as a mental state or as close as an immediate threat to themselves or others.

How To Become A Psychiatrist?

In order to become a psychiatrist, it is helpful to have psychology or biology in school. At graduation level, although any bachelor’s degree will suffice a degree that is in psychology, chemistry or medicine goes a long way in aiding you on your journey. You need to take the NEET exam if you need a medical science line.

All doctors can diagnose mental disorders and recommend psychiatric-based treatment. Psychiatrists specializing in psychiatry are certified for the treatment of mental illness. Although psychiatrists can also undergo intensive training in

  • Psychotherapy

  • Psychoanalysis

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

Their training as a doctor distinguishes them from other psychiatric specialists. Besides general competences, some psychiatrists undergo specialized training and related certifications. Examples of varieties are

  • Addiction psychiatry

  • Forensic psychiatry

  • Geriatrics

  • Psychosomatic psychiatry

Specialist instruction training usually includes one or two more years of training.

Geriatric psychiatry deals with the research, prevention and treatment of mental disorders in the elderly.

Military psychiatry covers specific aspects of psychiatry and mental disorders in a military context.

Neuropsychiatry is a field of medicine dealing with mental disorders resulting from diseases of the nervous system.

Top Institutes offering Psychiatry courses in India

  • National Institute of Mental Health Neuroscience (NIMHANS), Bangalore 

  • Bangalore Institute Of Human Behavior And Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Delhi 

  • Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi 

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 

  • Baroda Medical College, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda 

  • BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad 

  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai 

  • Lady Hardinge Medical College New Delhi 

How much does a Psychiatrist make in India?

Highest earning potential is in one's own private practice.

  • Average Salary for a Psychiatrist in India is Rs 981,015/yr

  • The average salary of a Psychiatrist  with less than 1 year of experience is Rs 884,372/yr

  • The average salary of a Psychiatrist 1-4 years of experience is Rs 900,000/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) a Psychiatrist in India makes Rs 957,789/yr

  • And with 10-19 years of experience, a Psychiatrist in India makes Rs 1,600,000/yr

What are the career prospects after completing a degree in Psychiatry?

  • After the completion of the degree, it's necessary for students to register with the Medical Council of India.

  • Degree holders can work as a Psychiatrist in Government or Private hospitals.

  • A psychiatrist can work as a private practitioner.

  • A student can enrol for a PhD to study Psychiatry and can work as a lecturer in universities after clearing the NET/JRF exam.

What kinds of books and study materials are available for cardiology?

  • NEET PG Toppers Handwritten Notes-Complete Study Material

  • ALLEN NEET-UG 2020 Major Online Test Series

  • LMRP - 2nd Edition Last Minute Revision Points - 2019 By DBMCI

  • Dr Bhatia Handwritten Notes For Pg Preparation 2019-20

  • NEET PG Part A Toppers Handwritten Notes

  • Self Assessment And Review Of Anatomy

  • NEET/AIIMS Toppers Handwritten Notes-Physics+Chemistry

Interesting Facts

American psychiatrist Benjamin Rush is also known as the father of psychiatry was the first to believe that mental illness was a disease of the mind, not a possession of demons.