PSYCHIATRIST

PSYCHIATRIST

 

A BRIEF INTRO

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine dealing with the treatment and prevention of mental illness. Mental disorders are characterized by a variety of symptoms, such as abnormal moods or behaviour, excessive anxiety and hallucination. Many mental disorders are believed to result from a combination of emotional, social and biological factors. To treat the patient, a psychiatrist might discuss problems width one patient, prescribe drugs for another, and combine discussions, drugs and therapy for the third

TYPICAL WORK SCHEDULE

9 am: Reach hospital

10 am: Examinationine patients

Noon: Administrative work of the hospital

1 pm: Lunch

2pm: Specialty clinics like child guidance clinic, psychosexual clinic

4.30pm: Case discussions and seminars

7 pm: lt’s time to go home now

SALARY STRUCTURE

In a government set-up, the pay bands are Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month  (New Entrant), Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 90,000 per month  (Managerial Level) and Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.5 lakh per month (Senior Managerial Level). In a private hospital, a doctor would get more or less similarly pay. However, a senior doctor with a good practice may earn more than Rs. 2.5 lakh per month

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • S/he must be a good listener
  • Have a lot of patience
  • Ability to strike a rapport with the patient
  • Ability to empathise
  • Ability to remain detached from the patient’s problems

HOW DO I GET THERE ?

Take physics, chemistry and biology at the XII level. Then clear pre-medical entrance and get an MBBS degree. After that, go for  a postgraduate degree or diploma. There is a two-year diploma course (DPM) and a three-year degree course (DNB/MD). Further specializations include child psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry etc available in abroad

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PROS AND CONS

  • Satisfaction when a patient improves or is rehabilitated
  • Very little physical exertion
  • One can rise fast as India has fewer psychiatrists
  • Some of stigma attached to mental illness may rub off on the doctor
  • You may fall prey to depression while continuously treating patients with mental imbalance
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