The department believes that psychiatry is an integral part of the field of medicine in that all human beings exhibit emotions and behavior. Patients without psychiatric disorder but with medical problems may experience disturbances of emotions and behavior, and patients with psychiatric disorders experience disorders of emotion and behavior. The department seeks to draw upon the body of information and skills which have evolved over time that allow us to provide relief to both categories of suffering described above. These interventions range from the somatic to the psychological and from pharmacotherapy to psychotherapy. They include addressing such social factors as the family and the community. These interventions must also be sensitive to cultural, religious, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity.