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A Medical Perspective to Mental Health

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders. Psychiatrists are medically qualified Doctors who specialised in the biological focus on human pathology and subsequent treatment through medication.

EDUCARE have both child & adolescent Psychiatrists and adult Psychiatrists, all of whom prescribe stimulant medication.

Psychiatrist diagnose and treat patients with a wide range of complex chronic or temporary mental health issues, including:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist?

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is able to prescribe medication for mental health difficulties. A referral from a GP is needed to see a psychiatrist. Psychologists on the other hand, provide long-term therapy and counselling. Often the psychologists and psychiatrists work very closely together.

What is the process for booking in to see a psychiatrist/psychologist?

Psychiatry: You need to see your GP for a referral to one of our psychiatrists (we try to gauge what the concerns are and suggest the names of applicable clinicians). Once we receive the referral it is reviewed by the clinician to ensure it meets the intake criteria. Once we receive the referral back from the clinician the relevant receptionist will contact you to book an appointment. (Also explain fees and next available etc).

Psychology: You don't need a referral to see a psychologist at EDUCARE. Commence enquiry and book initial appointment.

What is the main area of work covered by Paediatricians?

Paediatricians see patients from birth to 18-years-of-age. They assess and treat sickness and developmental difficulties among children and adolescents. A referral from a GP is needed to see a Paediatrician and so you would need to discuss such a need with your GP.

Which service should I see first (psychologist/paediatrician), I need my child assessed.

Suggest that you speak to the GP regarding your concerns and your GP will advise accordingly.