A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

Through many years of schooling and extensive training in the medical field, a psychiatrist knows and understands the physical and mental functions of the body and can create diagnostics for emotional and medical illnesses. The psychiatrist is the medical specialist who is best qualified for distinguishing problems from being physical and emotional.

Psychiatrists run many different types of tests to diagnose patients. From these diagnoses, psychiatrists can perform many different types of treatments that best suit each patient needs and also can refer patients to other health care professionals for a more specific and suitable treatment if needed.

Psychiatric students to become certified must follow a standard curriculum and be involved with different courses that relate to the field of psychology along with many different required courses.