What do Adult Psychiatrists Do?
Adult psychiatrists are licensed medical professionals who use medication to treat behavioral and mental health disorders, and adult psychiatry focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses in adults 18 yrs. old and older. Unlike child psychiatry, where parents and educators take an active role in aiding the child, seeking out a diagnosis from a psychiatrist and exploring treatment options if needed is often initially sought directly by the adult themselves. In many cases, adults are more likely to be suffering from a mood or anxiety disorder, whereas children or more likely to be suffering from a behavioral disorder or ADHD.
After evaluating and prescribing the medication to the patient, adult psychiatrists spend their time adjusting the dosage or changing medication based on feedback from the patient. Every individual responds differently to medication, so it is the psychiatrist’s job to make sure the treatment is working as expected, and if not, adjust for this. Treatment paths from adult psychiatrists may include medication and may be paired with cognitive behavioral therapy to aid in a more holistic approach toward wellness.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, many mental health conditions can be brought under control, allowing a person to lead a successful and happy personal, social, and professional life.