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By Linda Gask

A brief creation to Psychiatry is designed to offer readers a transparent photo of the occupation of psychiatry because it is this day in addition to an realizing of the topic from which to boost additional research.

The writer describes the improvement of the occupation, the path to qualification and the scope of up to date perform, together with the paintings performed via psychiatrists in a number specialisms - from baby psychiatry to habit companies and forensic psychiatry. Drawing at the adventure of people that were via psychiatric therapy, the publication additionally explores what psychiatry is like from the patient's/user's viewpoint.

Many criticisms were levelled opposed to the occupation and the writer, Linda Gask, summarizes key debates that have been and stay performed out among psychiatry's critics and its defenders.

A brief advent to Psychiatry is for somebody having a look into psychiatry for the 1st time, no matter if for you to education or out of extra common curiosity

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66). 2 How many psychiatrists are there? 1 demonstrates the enormous variation in numbers of mental health professionals across the world. Each of the countries in this table represents one of the six geographical regions of the World Health Organization. Not only are the United States of America and the United Kingdom vastly better off in terms of numbers of psychiatrists than developing countries, but they also have many more allied mental health professional workers – for example the USA is particularly rich in psychologists, and the UK in psychiatric nurses.

The general practitioner is therefore the primary gatekeeper to specialist mental health care, in the same way as he or she is to other forms of specialist medical care (Gater et al. 1991). qxd 40 5/21/04 2:35 PM Page 40 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY practitioners act as gatekeepers to health care, such as Holland and Denmark. However other routes also exist, for example via the accident and emergency department, or a police referral in the event of a psychiatric emergency or a person being found behaving strangely in the street.

Even in the United States there is now recognition of a shortage of psychiatrists who are available to work in managed systems of care, or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) (Goldman 2001). Pathways to psychiatric care Access to psychiatric care varies by health system of the country in which a psychiatrist is working. In the United Kingdom, the vast majority of psychiatrists work in the National Health Service. Only a minority of those people in the community with mental health problems will ever see a psychiatrist.

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