|What is Occupational Psychiatry?
Occupational Psychiatry is at the
interface of two areas of specialization in medicine: psychiatry and
occupational medicine. Traditionally, psychiatrists have sought to better
understand human behavior, emotions and thought processes in an effort to help
the individual patient better adapt to his or her world. The field of
occupational medicine focuses on the work environment and health problems
found in particular industries. Occupational Psychiatry brings together mental
health and occupational perspectives.
Technologic advances result in an ever-changing work environment in the 21st
century. Yet, there remains a basic desire to find meaning to life through our
jobs and careers. To provide, be of service and create value are elements of
individual and collective health. The goal of Occupational Psychiatry is to
identify mental health problems of workers so effective services can be
implemented to improve productivity and quality of life.