Geriatric Psychiatrists


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Geriatric Psychiatrists

Introduction

Geriatric psychiatrists are physicians who attend to elderly patients' mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. They treat older patients who may suffer from dementia or depression or have other mental illnesses, and employ different methods to help them function better in their daily lives. For example, geriatric psychiatrists may prescribe medicine, including tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, to help their patients feel better. The medication may also be combined with another therapeutic approach, such as talk...

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Median Salary

$220,380

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Residency and fellowship required


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

Like other physicians, psychiatrists' average income is among the highest of all professionals. Psychiatrists' earnings are determined by their experience, number of patients, location, and type of practice.

The average salary for medical residents was $61,200 in 2019, according to Medscape, a health care informatics firm. 

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 10 percent of p...

Work Environment

Geriatric psychiatrists in private practice set their own schedules and usually work regular hours. While other kinds of psychiatrists are likely to work some evenings or weekends to accommodate patients who have jobs, geriatric psychiatrists' patients typically have fairly open daytime schedules. Some geriatric psychiatrists work as few as 35 to 40 hours a week; others might work as many as 70...

Outlook

Opportunities for geriatric psychiatrists both in private practice and in salaried positions are excellent. The demand for psychiatrists serving seniors is high. Approximately 15 percent of adults aged 60 and over worldwide suffer from a mental disorder, according to the World Health Organization, and the demand is growing each year as the elderly population increases. 

As the importance...

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