New Hampshire Psychiatric Society

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New Hampshire Psychiatric Society
7 North State St.
Concord, NH 03301
Tel. (603) 224-7083

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What Is A Psychiatrist?


  • are medical doctors (MDs) specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders
  • have completed 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and an additional 4 to 6 years of intense specialty training, treating hundreds of patients with mental and emotional disorders under the supervision of senior psychiatric physicians
  • have the background and experience to understand how the body and the mind as a whole react when psychiatric medication is given
  • have extensively studied the total body including the mind, brian biochemistry, tissues, glands, and organs, leading to a fundamental understanding of how these all interact and react to the patient’s environment in health and illness
  • understand the interactions between mental illness and other medical problems; have experience in prescribing psychiatric medications