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Morning Rounds: Learn more about psychiatrists

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 13:55:37-04

MISSOULA – We answer your medical questions every Wednesday on Montana This Morning during Morning Rounds.

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Dr. Blair Davison with St. Patrick Hospital talks about eczema during the May 29, 2019 edition of Morning Rounds.

The American Psychiatric Association has much more information about psychiatrists on its website, including the following:

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.

People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.