Geriatric psychiatrists are doctors specialized in diagnosing and treating mental disorders in elderly. These mental disorders include, but are not limited to anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, depression and late-life addiction disorders. They combine their knowledge of sociology and psychology to provide specialized care. In addition to this, treatment approach also includes responding and listening to the concerns of their patients. When necessary, they also work with other doctors or specialists to develop an effective treatment approach. They often talk with the patient’s family members in cases when the elderly are suffering from problems like dementia, poor sleep, stress, memory loss, and anxiety.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who trained in diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Psychiatrists provide a wide range of treatments including psychological treatment also called psychotherapy or talking therapy, medication, and brain stimulation therapies such as electroconvulsive therapy. Psychiatrists assess all of the mental and physical symptoms by examining mental or physical status, brain imaging such as a computerized tomography (CT), or positron emission tomography (PET) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and blood testing.