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Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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  Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Psychiatrist

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Psychiatrist
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Last Updated: March, 2011

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At a Glance... header image

Works with and treats people who are suffering from psychological illnesses or disorders.


The Work header image

The work of a Psychiatrist is generally fairly varied. They work with and treat people who are suffering from psychological illnesses or disorders such as depression, stress, alxheimers, schizophrenia or addiction. Usually the Psychiatrist specialises in a particular area such as Child Psychiatry, Drug Dependency, Forensic Psychiatry, or most importantly, General Adult Psychiatry.  
 
In Ireland, the psychiatric services are divided into the public and private services and most consultants would work in both areas.  
 
The specific tasks that psychiatrists carry out on a daily basis depend on the speciality they work in. One main sub-speciality, which covers a broad range of illnesses, is general adult psychiatry. Psychiatrists who work in other areas have more specific issues to deal with:  
 
- Child and adolescent psychiatrists examine the mental and emotional development of 0-18 year olds, and also work closely with the respective families and teachers. Typical problems include eating disorders, drug abuse and depression.  
 
- Forensic psychiatrists provide offender treatment and care, and may get involved in court procedures.  
 
- Learning disability psychiatrists treat people with conditions such as Down's syndrome who also have mental health problems.  
 
- Old age psychiatrists focus on problems that some elderly people suffer from, such as senile dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  
 
- Psychotherapists often help people to deal with traumatic experiences, such as the death of someone close or a marriage breakdown. They use 'talking treatments' to help the patient change their behaviour, in order to cope in a more positive way.  
 
Psychiatrists normally lead multi-disciplinary teams, which include social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and occupational therapists. They give and receive information and advice about patients, which helps with diagnosis and report writing etc.  
 
Most Psychiatrists would adopt an eclectic approach to treatment (although this depends on the speciality) so that the Psychiatrist will use a wide range of treatments, from psychotherapeutic approaches, to drug treatments, behavioural treatments, rehabilitation and so on. The general Psychiatrist needs a good knowledge of all these approaches.  
 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prescribe, direct, or administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.

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Analyze and evaluate patient data or test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder.

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Collaborate with physicians, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.

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Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.

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Gather and maintain patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.

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Counsel outpatients or other patients during office visits.

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Examine or conduct laboratory or diagnostic tests on patients to provide information on general physical condition or mental disorder.

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Advise or inform guardians, relatives, or significant others of patients' conditions or treatment.

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Teach, take continuing education classes, attend conferences or seminars, or conduct research and publish findings to increase understanding of mental, emotional, or behavioral states or disorders.

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Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

It is essential that you enjoy talking to people. You must be interested in how the mind works and how this affects behaviour. You should also be a good listener with the ability to ask the right questions to get helpful information. You need to be a good detective and be able to pick up clues.  
 
You will need to be understanding and sympathetic, but also have a level head, as you may have to deal with disturbed people who have stories that may be upsetting. As you are likely to spend some time working in a team, you will need good interpersonal and communication skills.  
 
A medical career involves a long period of academic and clinical training. This means that you must have considerable physical and mental stamina.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
  Email: info@publicjobs.ie
  Url www.publicjobs.ie
   

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Organisation: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  Address: Frederick House, 19 South Federick Street Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 8639700
  Email: college@rcpi.ie
  Url www.rcpi.ie
   

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Organisation: Royal College of Psychiatrists
  Address: 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PG
  Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 2351
  Email: rcpsych@rcpsych.ac.uk
  Url www.rcpsych.ac.uk
   

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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
  Email:
  Url www.hse.ie
   

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Organisation: The College of Psychiatry of Ireland
  Address: Corrigan House, Fenian St, Dublin 2.
  Tel: (01) 661 8450
  Email: info@irishpsychiatry.ie
  Url www.rcpi.ie
   


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