Psychiatry refers to a field of medicine which is focused specifically on the mind, aiming to study, prevent, and treat mental health conditions.
Mental health problems can take many forms including depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxieties, phobias, drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia.
Psychiatrists treat mental disorders, which are conventionally divided into three very general categories: mental illnesses, severe learning disabilities, and personality disorders. Psychiatrists can diagnose and treat a number of mental health conditions.
Conditions a Psychiatrist can treat
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
Psychiatrists may also provide psychological support for people with long-term, painful or terminal physical health conditions. Psychiatrists use a variety of treatments – including various forms of psychotherapy, medications and other treatments, depending on the needs of each patient. Usually a referral is required from a GP, however at CP Medical Clinic you can book in directly to see our psychiatrist.