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Forensic Psychiatry

October 23, 2019

For matters that concern mental health and issues regarding the law, at the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we can help address your needs.

The area of psychiatry that applies to the legal field is called forensic psychiatry. In practice, what this means is that forensic psychiatrists are specially trained to diagnosis and treat mental disorders associated with criminal behavior. They often work on behalf of prisoners in jails or rehabilitation centers, or to support a legal team in cases involving mental health and criminal activity.

This area of psychiatry involves mental health evaluations, testing, individual therapy, anger management, and crisis management, and medication as necessary. Forensic psychiatrists may also work with prison staff and advocates of the court system to assess the mental health of the patient/prisoner and offer evaluations and recommendations based on past and present state of mind. Sometimes forensic psychiatrists are called on to testify in court cases based on their evaluations and assessments.

Forensic psychiatrists are clinically trained to be able to assess these types of criminally minded individuals and communicate their findings. At times, forensic psychiatrists may be integral in life-changing decisions such as custody battles, the mental competency of a defendant to testify in a criminal case, and helping victims of crimes. They may also assist with recommending the best type of intervention programs for offenders.

This intersection of psychiatry and the law is a very specialized area of practice. If this is an area that applies to your needs, you should schedule a consultation with us to determine the best way to proceed. All of our forensic psychiatrists are experts in the field that are well-versed in the law and provide the best care for patients at this juncture.

At the office of Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.