physician who specializes in psychiatry

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry. They treat people with mental illness. Psychiatrists can prescribe psychiatric medication.

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In the United States, psychiatrists train by going to university first, then medical school for 4 years. After medical school, they must complete a residency. When they graduate, they get to use the initials M.D. or D.O. after their names. Next, these doctors specialize by training for 3 or 4 years in Psychiatry. In other countries psychiatrists train in similar ways but may not have to go to a separate university and medical school.

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