Psychiatrists are doctors with expanded knowledge of the mental or psychiatric disorders affecting the way people think and behave. Psychiatrists must have a knowledge of psychiatric disorders, all the variables that can affect how people interact with their world including biological factors, psychological factors, social and cultural factors, and others. A psychiatrist should possess good people, diagnostic and treatment skills to be practicing. To help individuals, psychiatrists need to inspire trust and honor trust, confidentiality. They must be engaging to get clients to open up to them as one of their main treatment approaches centers around psychotherapy. Psychiatrists can also use pharmaceuticals in their treatment approaches. They go through standard medical training like any medical doctor, including many years of schooling, residencies, work in clinical settings, proper licensing and certification. A patient with any of the following problems might be referred to a psychiatrist for treatment:

  • Adjustment disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disease
  • Depression
  • Destructive habits
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia)
  • Grief issues
  • Impulse control
  • Mood disorders
  • Sexual disorders, fetishes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias

Psychiatrists, though doctors, are human and can make mistakes in dealing with their patients. Mistakes that psychiatrists can make are medication errors, misdiagnosis, recommending unnecessary treatment procedures, violating doctor/patient confidentiality. If you believe you or a loved one suffered a worsening of a condition due to an error made by a psychiatrist, you may be eligible for damages. Contact the experts at the Sweeney Law Firm and let us review the facts to see if you have a psychiatrist medical malpractice case. If we decide to take your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless there is a settlement or recovery of funds for you.