Auckland Mind are a group of psychiatrists offering psychiatric consultancy services. There is a particular interest and expertise in the mood disorders, especially Bipolar Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. We provide initial diagnostic assessments, advice on appropriate management, ongoing treatment (where requested), and provision of expert opinions.
What is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor who has obtained additional qualifications to become a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and emotional problems. Because of their extensive medical and psychiatric training, psychiatrists are able to view illness in an integrated way by taking into consideration the related aspects of body and mind.
Psychiatrists are trained both to recognise and treat the effects of emotional disturbances on the body as a whole, as well as the effects of physical conditions on the mind. This is particularly important, as many emotional disturbances affect various parts of the body and physical illnesses can certainly affect the mind. A psychiatrist's medical and psychiatric training allows both the physical and emotional to be kept in perspective.
Psychiatrists are trained and skilled in the use of biological and psychological methods of treatment. Although there is often an appropriate focus on the use of medications, psychiatrists also work psychotherapeutically with their patients.