A psychiatrist is a medically qualified doctor who deals with mental illness, as well as the interaction between physical and mental illness.

Psychiatrists look after patients with mental health problems such as depression, bipolar affective disorder, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, eating disorders, schizophrenia, dementia, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Watch the video to hear from a range of psychiatrists about their career and the difference they make to people's lives:

Find out more about psychiatry by watching our video of Professor Simon Wessley, President of the Royal College of Psychatrists, talking about the advantages of a career in this area.

There are six specialties within psychiatry:

Within general adult psychiatry, there is a sub-specialty, liaison psychiatry.

Training pathway

After completing foundation, doctors will study core psychiatry for three years (CT1 - CT3), before choosing one of the above six specialties within psychiatry.

Find out more from the person specifications. These list eligibility criteria for core psychiatry at ST1 and for the individual psychiatry specialties at ST4. They include the personal, academic and clinical criteria on which recruitment is based.

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