What is Psychiatry?
American Heritage Dictionary - psy·chi·a·try (si-ki'?-tre, si-) n. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
Psychiatry is a medical specialty dealing with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental illness. Common psychiatric illnesses are Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Dementia, and many others.
Psychiatrists, like psychologists and other psychotherapists, treat mental illness through a number of different psychotherapeutic modalities such as cognitive/behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, biofeedback, etc... What makes psychiatrists unique is their extensive medical training and ability to utilize and incorporate other treatment methods such as various medications and other bio-medical treatments.