West Hollywood Psychiatrist - Mental Health Doctor
A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. All psychiatrists are trained in diagnostic evaluation and in psychopharmacological treatment. As part of their evaluation of the patient, among the mental health professionals only psychiatrists are authorized to prescribe psychiatric medication, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret laboratory tests and electroencephalograms, and may order brain imaging studies such as computed tomography or computed axial tomography (CT/CAT Scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography scanning.
The field of psychiatry itself can be divided into various subspecialties. These include:
+ Addiction psychiatry
+ Adult psychiatry
+ Child and adolescent psychiatry
+ Consultation-liaison psychiatry
+ Cross-cultural psychiatry
+ Emergency psychiatry
+ Forensic psychiatry
+ Learning disability
+ Neuro-developmental disorder
+ Psychosomatic medicine
Some psychiatric practitioners specialize in helping certain age groups. Child and adolescent (pediatric) psychiatrists work with children and teenagers in addressing psychological problems. Those who work with the elderly are called geriatric psychiatrists or geropsychiatrists. Those who practice psychiatry in the workplace are called organizational and occupational psychiatrists in the U.S. (occupational psychology is the name used for the most similar discipline in the UK).
Psychiatrists working in the courtroom and reporting to the judge and jury, in both criminal and civil court cases, are called forensic psychiatrists, who also treat mentally disordered offenders and other patients whose condition is such that they have to be treated in secure units.