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What does a Psychiatrists do?

A psychiatrist is a qualified medical practitioner who trained for an additional four years to become a specialist psychiatrist. He/she can prescribe medication, admit patients to hospital, administer electroconvulsive therapy in severe cases, as well as practise psychotherapy.

After an assessment, a psychiatrist makes a diagnosis. Dr Cilliers feels strongly that this is not done to label an individual, but to look at international and recent research in order to help the person.

A psychiatrist may assist a patient by appearing as an expert witness in a court case.