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What do psychiatrists do?

Psychiatrists possess doctoral degrees in medicine (M.D., D.O.) and most have completed a formal residency in psychiatry. They prescribe medication and, compared with the other mental health professions, specialize in biological treatments. Tips: Look for a psychiatrist who is board certified in psychiatry and ascertain if he or she will only prescribe medication or will also offer psychotherapy (only a small percentage of psychiatrists now routinely conduct psychotherapy).

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