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Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat addiction, emotional illness and mental problems. They can order medical tests, prescribe medicine and provide talk therapy.

Psychiatrists may work with primary care doctors, psychologists, social workers and nurses to help patients with:




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Source: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; American Board of Medical Specialties

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 08/01/2011

Reviewed by: Paul Goering, MD, vice president, Allina Health Mental Health