I want to pursue a career as a psychiatrist as well as in an NGO

I'm in Std X. I want to pursue a career as a psychiatrist as well as in an NGO. What combination should I take in Std XI and how do I continue my studies after 12th? What are the good colleges in India (especially in Bangalore) and abroad? What courses and exams should I take up? Which field of psychiatry should I choose as I'm interested in both Addiction Psychiatry and Adolescent and Child Psychiatry? Which field has more scope?

To become a psychiatrist, first take Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 10+2. Then appear for entrance exams like NEET for admission into MBBS. After completing MBBS, go for a post-graduate course (MD) in psychiatry or a Diploma in Psychiatry (DPM). DM (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is available at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore

Apart from academic qualifications, this is one of those fields where your personal skills decide your success. You should be patient, a good listener and be able to understand people. Good communication skills are also essential in becoming a good psychiatrist.

Psychiatry offers a wide range of job opportunities within its subspecialties. The demand for psychiatrists is increasing with increasing mental tension and stress arising from modern lifestyles.

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My daughter is in Class X. She wants to be a psychiatrist. Which stream should she take in Class XI?

Psychiatry, a branch of the medical profession, is focused on the study and treatment of mental illness, emotional and behavioural disorders. To get admission in Psychiatry, students should go for 5 ½ years MBBS programme for which eligibility is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Admission in MBBS course will be done through NEET.

After completing MBBS, student can go for Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine (DPM) or a Diploma of National Board exam (DNB) this is equivalent to an MD degree. The Master course in Psychiatry takes 3 years to complete while the diploma course takes two years.


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What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? Can a person become either one of them with subjects PCM in Std XII? Are psychologists or psychiatrists needed in the defence forces?

Psychologists and psychiatrists both study the brain, emotions, feelings and thoughts, and work with people suffering from grief, trauma or mental disorders. Though they both work in the same field, the job description, education and training are very different.

Psychologists study the human mind through lab tests, surveys and interviews. They use this information to counsel patients suffering from mental disorders, grief or trauma. Their primary focus is on the patient’s thoughts, feelings and general mental health.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors. They specialize in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of mental health problems. They may write prescriptions to help patients manage disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or bipolar disorder.

To become a psychologist, you would begin your education with graduation in Psychology, for which eligibility is 10+2 in any stream. Graduation should be followed by a master’s degree as well as a doctorate degree in Psychology. But if you want to become a Psychiatrist, you should go for MBBS for which 10+2 with PCB is the requirement. Later on, a specialization in Psychiatry should be done. Both are very well needed in the armed forces.


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