Resident Psychiatrists, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Your Psychiatrist’s Training
A psychiatrist is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose and treat people who are experiencing a wide range of issues, from emotional distress to more severe mental health concerns. People may make their first appointment to visit a psychiatrist when they are having difficulties at work, in relationships, or even as a result of medical conditions. These patients could be experiencing many different symptoms including sadness, lack of energy, anxiety, or mood swings. Other symptoms could include problems with sleep, memory, or appetite. In some circumstances, the symptoms may be much more severe and include hallucinations or suicidal thoughts.
Following medical school, a psychiatrist must undergo at least four years of residency training. He/she will spend that time seeing a wide variety of patients with different psychiatric and medical issues. Some psychiatrists may have additional expertise like treating children or people suffering from drug addiction.
Tips for Your First Visit
- Write down a list of symptoms that you have been having if you feel you may forget to mention them.
- Bring along any medical or mental health records that you believe are important.
- It may help to bring a list of your medications.
- You can ask a friend or family member to come to your appointment if you feel that they can provide a unique perspective and make you feel less anxious.
- Always feel free to ask questions about the diagnosis and about any treatments offered.