Having studied Psychiatry,
Dr. Masters has been trained
to diagnose and treat the various types of mental illness, such as depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders, among other psychiatric illnesses and disorders. Dr. Masters is trained to provide various treatments, including the prescription of medications, different forms of psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy, among other techniques.
Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of mental illness. Physicians who practice psychiatry are referred to as psychiatrists; psychiatrists differ from psychologists in that they are licensed physicians (hold either an MD or DO degree). Psychiatrists are able to provide most of the same treatments to patients as psychologists, but are also licensed to prescribe medication when treating mental illnesses. It is often said that psychiatry is the “primary care” of mental health and wellness.
When providing care to patients, psychiatrists employ a variety of tests and examinations to arrive at a diagnosis. When first meeting a patient, a psychiatrist will perform a mental status examination (MSE). During this diagnostic procedure, the physician attempts to identify the presence and extent of a patient’s mental illness. The psychiatrist will observe and document the patient’s state of mental health, which includes observations of the patient’s behavior, appearance, speech, mood, thought process, cognition, thought content, insight, affect and judgment. After performing the examination, the psychiatrist will be able to arrive at a diagnosis.
Psychiatrists may see patients for mental disorders and illnesses such as dementia, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, drug abuse, addictions, bipolar disorder, panic disorders, phobias, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), among many others. After arriving at a diagnosis, the psychiatrist may employ a variety of treatment techniques and procedures. These may include counseling, psychotherapy and the prescription of medications such as antidepressants or antipsychotics, among others.
Having studied Addiction Medicine,
Dr. Masters has been trained
to diagnose and treat all types of addiction, including addictions to behaviors, activities and substances. Treatment techniques for patients suffering from addiction can include a wide variety of short and long term therapies, detoxification treatments, rehabilitation and harm reduction treatments, among others.
Addiction medicine physicians are typically trained across a wide gamut of preventative, evaluative and treatment measures throughout various medical settings (such as ambulatory, acute and psychiatric care settings, among others). Educational and training requirements for this medical specialty vary throughout the country, as each state has its own licensing process. Physicians that practice addiction medicine have earned medical degrees (MD or DO) and typically specialize in mental health, psychiatry and/or psychology. The most popular path toward practice in this area of medicine has been psychiatry, with a subspecialty focus on addiction medicine. In July 2011, the first residency programs for addiction medicine gained national accreditation.
Many psychiatrists or other physicians who practice addiction medicine seek board certification in addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). Physicians are encouraged to voluntarily seek board certification from the ABPN which is separate from any state licensure requirements. Board certification from the ABPN illustrates that the physician has received the proper education and experience to provide patients with preventative, diagnostic, interventional and treatment services. Certification from ABPN also represents that the physician undergoes sufficient continuing education to practice in the field of addiction medicine.