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Neurologists or psychiatrists in private practice

Neurologists and psychiatrists have studied medicine and are therefore doctors. Following their studies they have completed several years of practical and theoretical education in a department of a psychiatric hospital, whereby neurologists, in contrast to the psychiatrists, have carried this out in a neurological department. Already in the past, nearly all psychiatrists had completed additional psychotherapeutic training, although this psychotherapeutic education is today obligatory. Included among the tasks of a psychiatrist are the treatment of psychiatric illnesses in cooperation with members of other occupational groups. Psychiatrists usually perform psychotherapeutic interventions and make use of sociotherapeutic methods, although they may also prescribe medications, in contrast to psychologists. 

Persons with psychoses or bipolar disorders are frequently cared for by a psychiatrist in private practice. The advantage to this is that psychiatrists who are well aware of the medicinal treatment, have a great deal of experience in the treatment of acute cases, are aware of the necessities for more long-term therapies and have a great deal of experience with information concerning the possibilities associated with such psychiatric care systems.

Nevertheless, there are some individuals who are afflicted with psychoses or bipolar disorders, and whose illness requires a close cooperation between a psychiatrist in private practice and ambulatory departments of psychiatric institutes.

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