Types of Psychiatry

Psychiatrists can choose to specialize in many fields, or they can start a more general practice. When you are looking for a psychiatrist, knowing the different types can help you pick a professional that is ready to assist you.

Addiction Psychiatry

These psychiatrists often work with people addicted to drugs and alcohol, but they also work with other types of addiction, including sex, gambling, food and internet addictions. They also can diagnose and treat underlying mental health issues, like depression and anxiety.

Adolescent and Child Psychiatry

Approximately 20% of children and teens have a diagnosable mental health condition, and they can benefit from treatment. Psychiatrists working in this field have a deep understanding of what medications and treatments work with young moldable minds because many adult mental health drugs are not authorized to be used with children.

Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic psychologists work with people who may have mental health issues that have caused them to commit a crime. They often give their expert opinions in court.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Many seniors have unique mental health issues not seen in younger people. They are experts in dementia and Alzheimer’s and can recommend medications and treatment plans to assist these individuals in living the fullest life possible.


Neuropsychiatrists work with individuals who have suffered traumatic brain trauma. This type of psychiatrist also sees individuals with autism, ADHD, and Tourette’s syndrome.

Organizational Psychiatry

After a tragedy has affected a workplace, school or other groups, an organizational psychologist helps people to cope with the mental health challenges from these events. In some cases, they also work with first responders to help them cope with their profession’s specialized mental health challenges. They can also assist companies in creating programs that promote positive mental health.

Psychosomatic Psychiatry

Since psychiatrists have the same training as medical doctors and additional training in mental health, they are in a unique position to treat patients with physical health problems that an underlying mental health condition may cause.

If you have questions, please reach out to our mental health clinic. We will be glad to assist you in finding the right resources.



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