Mental illness is extremely common and far more prevalent than most people realise. This kind of illness therefore ranks alongside cardiovascular disorders and cancer as one of the nation's biggest health problems.

Mental health problems can take many forms including depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxieties, phobias, drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dementia.

There are six specialties within psychiatry. 

Specialties are: 

We have also written a section on liaison psychiatry.

Find out about other specialty areas of psychiatry

See the Royal College of Psychiatry information.

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