A Psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor.
I undertake an assessment of an individual's mental health problem.
I will come to an opinion or diagnosis taking into account any psychological or psychosocial issues which may be relevant.
Treatment(s) are then discussed - these may involve medication, counselling / therapy and / or psychosocial interventions (addressing social issues, which have a psychological impact).
Explanation / education is provided about:
(i) my opinion / diagnosis,
(ii) the illness / disorder,
(iii) the treatment(s).
Prognosis, i.e. likely length of illness and outcome is discussed.
Referral to appropriate specialists may be undertaken as required.
My personal views on assessment and treatment:
I adopt a holistic, multidimensional approach when assessing people.
Medications do have a role to play in treatment but I am cautious about tablets and tend to err towards non-medication type treatments if possible.
I am open to discussion about complementary and spiritual type treatments.