A psychiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating mental and emotional disorders and substance-related problems. A psychiatrist focuses on the biological, psychological and social components of diseases, disorders and conditions. Psychiatrists help people of all ages and families find ways to deal with psychological problems, relationship problems, stress, and crises.
A psychiatrist typically:
Evaluates your mental and emotional health
Performs psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy
Orders and interprets laboratory tests and mental health diagnostic rating scales
Diagnoses and treats depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dementia, developmental disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse problems
Conducts involuntary commitment and psychiatric treatment when necessary
There are 9363 specialists practicing Psychiatry in California with an overall average rating of 3.6 stars. There are 297 hospitals in California with affiliated Psychiatry specialists, including Stanford Health Care, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.