A local psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. A local psychiatrist may work in a private practice, an institution or a hospital. The main difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is that a local psychiatrist can prescribe medication. A local psychiatrist may use a variety of treatments, such as medication, psychotherapy, medications and psychosocial interventions. Managing a health condition such as back and sciatic pain, knee replacement or arthritis can be stressful and lead to mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. Patients who are seeing a local physiotherapist for an acute or chronic health condition may benefit from working with a local psychiatrist.
• Addiction may involve the use of alcohol, drugs, nicotine or gambling. People who struggle with addiction pursue the behaviour despite the consequences, in order to experience the high or euphoria it brings them.
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes people to have difficulty focusing or sitting still. Commonly diagnosed in children and teens, it also involves impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity.