FACT: A psychiatrist’s career is full of diversity and flexibility. Psychiatrists can work in many different settings, including private practice, general and psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers for teens, jails and prisons, eating disorder treatment centers, nursing homes, military settings, schools and universities, hospice, and many other places. [1]

Additionally, there are many different types of psychiatrists: forensic psychiatrists evaluate accused persons and function as expert witnesses in court, community psychiatrists work with teams of case managers to provide mental health care for the homeless and underprivileged, geriatric psychiatrists evaluate and treat late-life psychiatric syndromes, and researchers work for academic or private organizations creating and disseminating knowledge. [2]

FACT: Psychiatrists provide a wide range of biological, psychotherapeutic, and psychosocial treatments that are tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Psychiatrists can perform both psychological and laboratory tests. This range allows psychiatrists to develop a more holistic picture of a patient’s mental state, enabling them to make an accurate diagnosis and develop an impactful treatment plan. [1] Additionally, advances in neuroscience are creating breakthroughs in our understanding of mood, cognition, and behavior. Tools like neuroimaging are helping to illuminate brain pathways and validate treatments, including psychotherapies. [1]

FACT: Psychiatry is far from a dying field. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities in psychiatry will likely grow by 16 percent from 2018 to 2028. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has and will have a huge impact on mental health. This will result in an increase in mental health services and necessitates a strengthening of preventive approaches and policies for mental health. [3]

1.  What Is Psychiatry? Published 2021. Accessed May 3, 2021. 

2. García-Gutiérrez, M. S., Navarrete, F., Sala, F., Gasparyan, A., Austrich-Olivares, A., & Manzanares, J. (2020). Biomarkers in psychiatry: concept, definition, types and relevance to the clinical reality. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, 432.

3. Pacchiarotti I, Anmella G, Fico G, Verdolini N, Vieta E. A psychiatrist’s perspective from a COVID-19 epicentre: a personal account. BJPsych Open. 2020;6(5):e108. Published 2020 Sep 9. doi:10.1192/bjo.2020.83

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