I'm still at school just entering my final year and I've been thinking about my future and psychiatrist is somethings thats appealed to me just lately and I was just wondering if anyone here could give me some background info on it like the qualifications you need...ect
Any information and such is a big help.
psychiatrist is a specialize doctor field. which you have be a doctor, then study psychology again and take the license, then only you'll become a psychiatrist. so basically if you want to study doctor, it'll takes 5 years, 3 years for psychology and that makes total of 8 years to become a psychiatrist. you cannot study psychiatrist without doctor license. Medical doctor, not PHD.
then after you became a psychiatrist, basically you need to diagnose patient, what is their problem. what type or disorder they had, for example bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, insomnia, depression and much more. basically you will need to study DSM-IV. a Mental illness diagnosis manual. in Malaysia, if you are a psychiatrist, then you are specialist. that mean you can give list A, B and C drug to patient. which is controlled drug. normal doctor, medical officer (MO) only can give list B and C which is more common drugs.
Anyway, not easy to become a psychiatrist.