Geriatric Psychiatrists

Geriatric psychiatrists are physicians who attend to elderly patients' mental, emotional, and behavioral symptoms. They treat older patients who may suffer from dementia or depression or have other mental illnesses, and employ different methods to help them function better in their daily lives. For example, geriatric psychiatrists may prescribe medicine, including tranquilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants, to help their patients feel better. The medication may also be combined with another therapeutic approach, such as talk therapy. In addition, geriatric psychiatrists may assist nursing home staff and other caregivers in developing individualized treatment programs and approaches designed to bring improvement to patients.

Quick Facts
Duties Treat elderly patients who may suffer from dementia or depression or have other mental or emotional illnesses
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; opportunities best in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—with large numbers of senior citizens
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Psychology
Experience Residency and fellowship required
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Health Administrator, or College Professor, or Medical Researcher
  • Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Medical Resident

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