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Are psychiatrists trained to treat schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Psychiatrists are trained to offer mental health treatment to people with schizophrenia. Psychiatrists are physicians that hold either an M.D (medical doctor) or D.O (doctor of osteopathy) degree. After completing medical school, psychiatrists spend four years in specialized training in treating mental illness. If a person with schizophrenia visits a primary-care doctor and needs help, he or she may be referred to a psychiatrist. In a hospital or treatment setting, the psychiatrist usually leads a treatment team in directing the care for a person with schizophrenia. While being treated for schizophrenia, the person may visit the psychiatrist regularly to make sure medications are working properly while ensuring that there are not unpleasant side effects.

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