ex agger ated swag ger. Of course, your teacher is pretty fair to all, butshe certainly has her favorites in class, and those she obviously dislikes
and picks on most of the time.Why does the teacher do that? Why is the boy so scared of hisown shadow? Does the class clown crave at tention? Does the short estboy have a Napole onic complex? If you are consis tently, rather
insa tia bly curi ous about the whys of hu man be hav ior you have themakings of a psychiatrist.
To put it sim ply, what makes a person tick engages thepsychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have additional
train ing in the healthcare of the hu man mind. To psychiatrists, the
complexity of human behavior is an attraction. A general practitioner
makes decisions based on lab data, but the psychiatrist considers the
intertwining of the physical, mental, genetic, and environment which
makes up the whole per son and in fluences be havior and decisions
which people make. The psychiatrist treats the individual with a
combination of biological interventions or medicines, and forms of
therapy.Psychiatrists try to under stand the reasons for human actions so
that they can help individuals modify their behaviors. They do this in a
wide range of environments. Psychiatrists work in private practice,
academic institutions, residential treatment centers and hospitals. They
conduct research, do therapy, and teach. They work with young
children all the way through to geriatric patients. Psychiatrists work
with a very wide variety of hu man chal lenges from ad diction, to
anxiety, to anorexia.
This is a field which is very exciting at this time in the history of
science and healthcare. Through ge netic re search and new discover ies
in the area of neurol ogy, ideas about hu man be hav ior are rapidlychanging. This field is complicated, challenging, and evolving.
While psychiatrists work in many different environments, all
except those engaged in research have similar duties.