A psychiatrist is responsible for treating, preventing and diagnosing mental illnesses and disorders of the mind. Psychiatrists are also required to implement treatments, including electroconvulsive therapy along with additional psychotherapeutic treatments and various medications. Understanding the physiology of the body is also necessary when working toward becoming a psychiatrist, especially as it is required to prescribe medications to patients as needed.
Prescribe, direct and administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications.
Diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders of the mind.
Manage caseload and documentation.
Review, evaluate and collaborate with other professionals to discuss treatment plans, progress and outcomes.