A psychiatric provider is a medical provider who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance abuse disorders. Psychiatric providers are uniquely qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological disturbance. Their medical education has given them a full working knowledge of the many causes for a patient’s feelings and symptoms. Equipped with this understanding, psychiatric providers can make a complete, accurate diagnosis and then recommend or provide treatment.
Because they are healthcare providers, psychiatric providers can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and recommend psychological tests that provide a complete picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. Their education and years of clinical experience equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses, evaluate all the medical and psychological data, make a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan.