Psychiatry

Psychiatry

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. Mental health conditions that may be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist include:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia and paranoia
  • Depression and bipolar disorder
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia
  • Addictions, such as drug or alcohol misuse

Psychiatrists may also provide psychological support for people with long-term, painful or terminal physical health conditions.