Psychiatry is the medical specialty that studies and treats mental disorders. Before becoming a psychiatrist, a person has to have a degree in medicine.
Psychiatrists can specialize in one or more of several fields: addiction, adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, organizational psychiatry and others.
A psychiatric evaluation starts with an examination of the condition of the health of the body and of the mind of the patient. The psychiatrist does this through interviews with the patient, as well as with a physical examination. The physical examination also helps the psychiatrist evaluate signs of disorderly behavior, such as self-harm.
A psychiatrist will also need the medical history of the patient, as well as knowledge of any physical illnesses, conditions, and current medication and treatments. In some cases, there might be need for medical tests, like x-rays or blood tests in order to identify if the mental problem has a physical cause. All of these evaluations serve as a basis for diagnosing the problem or for deciding the next step in the treatment process.
In addition to various “talk” therapies, psychiatrists may prescribe various psychoactive medications.
Unlike other medical destinations, psychiatrists in the Bahamas are all native English speakers, which is very important in a medical field that’s based primarily on interviews and conversations. If you are seeking a psychiatrist in the Bahamas, we invite you to choose a leading psychiatrist on BahamasMedicalGuide.com.