Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems and substance use disorders. They focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and behavioural issues.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Patience 

  • Active Listening 

  • Non-judgemental approach 

  • Analytical Mind 

  • Ability to pick up on body language cues 

  • Should be able to distance oneself from clients

PROS

  • Steady income 

  • Opportunity to help people which is rewarding

  • Opportunity to be your own boss in a private practise

  • Growing job market and increase in number of opportunities

CONS

  • Education and licensing is very tough and takes many years

  • It's very hard to break the stigma around mental health care

  • Education is very expensive 

  • The job may be extremely emotionally draining

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospitals and clinics 

  • Private practice 

  • Academia 

  • Research

  • Be able to let people lead conversations

  • Are passionate about mental health care 

  • Are interested in the workings of the human mind 

  • Are good at memorising- and deductive reasoning

  • Are able to pick up cues from people's body language and behaviours 

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Interesting Facts about the career

The Evoluation of Psychiatric Care

Psychiatric treatment in the 1700 and early 1800 hundreds involved drilling a hole in the affected persons head, dangling them over a pit of snakes, and shocking them with ice cold water. Quite tame compared to therpay and medication used today!

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