Healing of the soul
BY: Valerie Verdeja
This page is a quick introduction to Psychiatry. Psychiatrist help assist people with any mental illnesses, and any other issues a person has.
How many years of school do I need to take?
The years you take to become a psychiatrist is 12 and more. After you have completed all 12 years it is recommended to keep going to school to learn about new techniques to help you with your patients.
Attending Undergraduate school should be first, many people pursuing this career usually major into psychology, but that isn’t a requirement. Majoring in classes that have to do with natural sciences will help the student out too. Earning a medical degree is important; these classes usually take up to 4 years. Two of the years are spent in a classroom and two years of supervised clinical experience. Next you should gain residency training psychiatry residents must complete 36 months of required psychiatric training, learning about topics including psychopathology, psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, substance abuse disorders and transcultural psychiatry. Psychiatrists must become state-licensed physicians by passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Also, consider Board Certification. After completing all this you should still continue getting an education to stay updated on current techniques to help you with your patients.
What a psychiatrist does
A psychiatrist help those who need psychiatric help. Some people just need to talk to a person in order to feel better and let go of feelings. Others need it because they have been abused and don't feel like they can talk to anyone so they trust a psychiatrist. Psychiatrist has to listen and try to help you with your personal feelings or mental issues.
There are many types of psychiatry to work in. It’s mostly what you prefer to do, for example if you like working with kids you can become an Adolescent and child psychiatrist. Addiction psychiatrist deal with people who suffer from addiction and substance abuse. Forensic psychiatrist work in the criminal justice services and courts. Neuropsychiatrist treat mental disorders associated with nervous system problems, brain diseases, and brain injuries. Organizational psychiatry practice psychiatry in a work place and organizational settings. You can choose from whatever interests you the most.
I am a freshman and i plan to graduate with a 3.8 or higher. Once I graduate I plan on attending Stanford University. There I will earn a Bachelor's Degree and take an undergraduate course in biology, chemistry, math, and chemistry to meet medical school admissions requirements. I will then pursue a medical degree, complete a residency, and obtain a license to be a psychiatrist.