Connecticut lies in New England and ranks 29th in population, 48th in size, fourth in population density and first in per capita income among the fifty states. Some of the primary industries in the state include manufacturing electrical equipment, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, pharmaceutical products and scientific equipment. With several Atlantic ports, Connecticut is an important shipping center and also offers numerous beaches and maritime activities.
A psychiatrist is a physician trained to treat both physical and mental disorders. Unlike most psychologists, psychiatrists can perform physical examinations, as well as prescribe and administer prescription drugs. Psychiatrists sometimes work as a part of a mental health team along with a social worker, a primary care physician and/or a psychologist.
Psychiatrists assess and treat mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and post traumatic stress disorder. They counsel patients, promote mental health, and study methods of preventing mental disorders. They sometimes specialize in a field like drug addiction, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry or pediatric psychiatry. They can establish their own private practice or choose to work for a hospital, private clinic, nursing home, community health organization, correctional facility, government office, university or mental health facility.
Becoming a Psychiatrist
To become a psychiatrist, you must first get a bachelor’s degree in a subject like biology, psychology, psychiatry, pre-med or neurology. Other studies should include subjects like anatomy, chemistry and ethics. You should maintain a high grade average or you might not be able to get into medical school. You might also want to volunteer at a clinic, doctor’s office or some other health organization in order to gain medical experience. You might consider entering some sort of internship program.
The next step is to go through med school, which normally takes four or five years of grueling work to complete. Here, you’ll explore subjects like pathology, physiology, anatomy, medical laws, pharmacology and ethics, while also gaining hands-on experience in a lab.
The next step is to go through a residency at a clinic or hospital, which normally lasts four years. Then you’ll have to get a license.