Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.
Some of the subspecialties of psychiatry include:
- Management of addiction and rehabilitation
- Child and adolescent psychiatry
- Geriatric psychiatry concerning elderly patients
- Emergency psychiatry
- Military psychiatry
- Sleep specialists