Psychiatry deals with the study, diagnosis, prevention and cure of mental disorders, which includes cognitive, behavioral, affective and perceptual mental disorders. Psychiatry depends on other social and medical sciences and hence it follows an interdisciplinary approach for the treatment. Psychiatric treatment is a combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy which includes medication, counseling and other proven techniques that can cure mental disorders. Research in psychiatry is focused on the development of new treatments, improvement of clinical outcomes and identification of various methods to help patients and families cope with the burdens of mental health conditions.
With Dr. Richard P. Brown she has co-authored over 40 scientific articles, book chapters, and health books on complementary and integrative treatments. In The Rhodiola Revolution , they present the scientific basis for the health benefits of an adaptogen herb in the context of a five-step holistic approach to reducing stress and maintaining energy. Their award-winning books include, How to use Herbs , Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care (WW Norton 2009), Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD (WW Norton 2012) and The Healing Power of the Breath . Using the CD included with The Healing Power of the Breath book (Shambhala, 2012) readers can learn simple techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, enhance concentration, and balance emotions. Dr. Gerbarg’s chapter, “Yoga and Neuro-Psychoanalysis,” appeared in Bodies in Treatment: the Unspoken Dimension (Analytic Press 2007). Mind-Body Practices for Recovery from Sexual Trauma in A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment was published in 2011 (Rowman & Littlefield). Her most recent book chapters, being published in 2014 include: “Mind-Body Practices and the Neuro-Psychology of Well-being” by . Gerbarg, L. Gootjes and . Brown in Religion and Spirituality Across Cultures (Springer); “Nutrients, Phytomedicines, and Mind-Body Practices for Substance Abuse” by . Gerbarg and . Brown in Textbook of Addiction Treatment: International Perspectives; and Rhodiola Rosea by . Gerbarg, . Illig, and . Brown in Traditional Herbal Medicines for Modern Times.
Psychiatric research is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary; combining social, biological and psychological perspectives in attempt to understand the nature and treatment of mental disorders.  Clinical and research psychiatrists study basic and clinical psychiatric topics at research institutions and publish articles in journals.     Under the supervision of institutional review boards , psychiatric clinical researchers look at topics such as neuroimaging, genetics, and psychopharmacology in order to enhance diagnostic validity and reliability, to discover new treatment methods, and to classify new mental disorders.  [ page needed ]