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2) Its an evidence-based field like the rest of medicine and plays a vital role in keeping both patients and the general public safe. Its a far cry from a GP treating a chest infection in a 5 minute appointment - it generally calls for far more extensive contact and improvement over weeks and months, not hours and days, but that doesn't mean its less important.
3) Depression, bipolar, schizophrenia... there will surely be descriptions on google. NHS choices is often good.
also- if psychiatric care is good, then it is VERY effective, take it from me. a true lifesaver for people suffering with mental illness.
1) I don’t know of any bad perspectives of psychiatrists between patients, doctors and the public. I certainly really value my psychiatrist because she has really improved my life.
2) It can take some time to get the right concoction of meds, but once the right doses and type of meds is found I’m sure it can be very fulfilling. Sometimes patients can develop resistance to a particular drug, or a patient might stop taking their meds (which I’m sure must be very frustrating for the medical team), so the psychiatrist has to juggle all of these things and I’m sure many other things as I am only a patient, so don’t know everything.
3) It tends to vary based on where you work. In the community you tend to see more patients with depression or in the hospital you tend to see more people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. I have schizophrenia so what treatment began in the community eventually ended up in having care in the hospital, but when I am well I will go back to having treatment in the community.
As a GP about 1/3 of my work is with psychiatric problems. Mainly anxiety and depression but we're also dealing with ADHD, Tourettes OCD eating disorders, autism and schizophrenia.
Most depression and anxiety is managed by GPs with referrals to psychologists not psychiatrists if they need CBT.
Our psychiatrist largely does diagnosis when we're not sure if something's a personality disorder or depression or if someone is bipolar or just has mood swings for instance, medication advice for difficult to treat depression and looks after inpatients. He usually just sees someone a couple of times then sends them back to us for follow up..
An increasing number of psychiatrists are needed to deal with dementia with our growing elderly population.
It is an interesting speciality but isn't the job many people think it is. Most psychiatrists don't do psychotherapy, that's mainly clinical psychologists.