What is a Psychiatrist?

A Psychiatrist is a doctor who treats conditions affecting the brain. These illnesses can cause strange thoughts, abnormal perceptions, mood changes and thoughts of self harm. The conditions include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and dementia. These days, addictions to a variety of different substances are quite common. A Psychiatrist can also help with many physical and stress-related conditions.

What training does a Psychiatrist get?

Having completed a degree at medical school, a doctor has then undertaken basic specialist training for three years or more, followed by higher specialist training for another three to four years. In addition many have undertaken academic work or training in psychotherapy. In the UK, most obtain a consultant appointment in the NHS.  Many work part time or full time in the private sector.

Doctor Andrew Macaulay has been a Psychiatrist for over forty years. He trained at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London, UK. In addition to specialist postgraduate qualifications, he has published research and has a degree and training in psychotherapy. He is a general adult psychiatrist with particular interests in acute psychiatry, young people and addictions.