Psychiatry careers

January 9, 2015

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Psychiatrists are highly trained physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Within the specialty of psychiatry, there are several different sub-specialties, which fall under two categories – adult mental illness specialties and child/adolescent psychiatry.

A student assisting with patients during ward rounds, Tanzania. Child & adolescent psychiatry

Child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) deals with diagnosing and managing psychiatric disorders from infancy to mid-teens. With mental health problems in children show an increasing trend, CAP is considered to be a developing field. The approaches to treatment are many and varied, ranging from family therapy to psychodynamic psychotherapy. Child psychiatrists work in varied settings from private clinics and schools to hospitals.

Adult Mental Illness Specialties

There are several sub-categories of adult mental illness specialties. 

Each of these sub-specialties requires their own Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST).