Basic Facts of Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists help people maintain good mental health.

Psychiatrists help people maintain good mental health.

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with mental and emotional disorders, and psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in helping patients maintain good mental health. Since they are medical doctors, psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help correct chemical imbalances, unlike psychologists, who only use psychotherapy to help their patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are 23,140 psychiatrists practicing in the U.S. as of May 2011.

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