Psychiatry refers to a field of medicine which is focused specifically on the mind, aiming to study, prevent, and treat mental health conditions.
Psychiatry treats mental disorders, which are conventionally divided into three very general categories: mental illnesses, severe learning disabilities, and personality disorders.
What conditions can psychiatrists treat?
Psychiatrists can diagnose and treat a number of mental health conditions including:
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- eating disorders
Psychiatrists may also provide psychological support for people with long-term, painful or terminal physical health conditions.