Why would anyone in this world want to become a psychiatrist? To me I think
that mental illnesses are important to this world. That’s because millions of Americans
are affected by mental disorders daily. Psychiatry seems like an interesting career. Many
people in this world will say that they don’t want to work with a mental patient, because
they are afraid that the mental patient might try to harm them. It would be interesting to
find out why many people are suffering from mental disorders.
Psychiatry deals with mental disorders.Mental disorders may affect most aspects
of a patient’s life, including physical functioning, behavior, emotions, thought,
perception, interpersonal relationships, sexuality, work, and play. Disorders are often
seen as exaggerations of situations that healthy individuals experience. Examples of these
disorders are: depression, frighten, envious, or angry. These examples can only be seen as
mental disorders if they are continuous, excessive, and lead to self-destructive behavior.
Mental disorders seriously affect a person’s ability to function and lead a happy
life. Psychiatry is one of the frontier areas of medicine. Also, psychiatry is one of the
oldest specialties. Psychiatry is the medical specialty that is concerned with the
treatment, prevention of mental disorders, and the diagnosis. A psychiatrist is basically a
physician that treats mental illnesses.
Psychiatrist’s spend more than 48 hours a week at work. 60 percent of those 48
hours (28.8 hours) is spent with patients. Psychiatrist lead patients into a discussion about
the patient’s life and feelings to get an understanding of what the patient goes through on
a daily basis. Psychiatrist use psychoanalysis as treatment for patients. Psychoanalysis is
specific method of investigating unconscious mental processes. Approximately 2.8
percent of the adult population suffer from severe mental illnesses.
The starting salary for being a psychiatrist is $95,500 and goes to $305,000.
Psychiatrist earn 0 percent to 30 percent bonuses. This information on salaries is for most
psychiatrist around the United States.
The required education for being a psychiatrist is basically like other medical
fields. The reason for that is because with most medical fields you have to do residency.
To become a psychiatrist you must have completed a bachelor’s degree plus a four-year
residency program. Psychiatry requires a doctor’s degree, plus two – seven years of
post-graduate specialty training. Of the four years for the residency program, out of them
four years, four months will be spent in internal medicine, family medicine, and/ or
pediatrics. Also, two more months are spent in neurology. Becoming a psychiatrist you
also must have state licensure and a certification in psychiatry.