Psychiatry is the field of medicine dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. The diseases they treat include depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, delirium and dementia, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Psychiatrists meet an essential need within medicine. Psychiatric disorders, which are extremely common in society, often remain undiagnosed. In a given year, nearly 22% of all Americans over the age of 18 suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.1 Like physical diseases of the body, these conditions range in severity. They can cause mild social withdrawal, severe occupational impairment, or even be life threatening. Although many patients may not even appear ill, others present with withdrawal, psychosis, or confusion. This wide scope of disease provides intellectual stimulation and daily challenge.
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