After graduating from the Medicine Faculty of Tours, he practised in a small country town nearby from 1993 to 2006. He finished his PhD in Bruxels. He published a lot of articles for the Mental Health magazine, authored 3 books and gave multiple speaches.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors, unlike psychologists, and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric one.
As part of the clinical assessment process they may employ a mental status examination, a physical examination, brain imaging such as computerized tomography (CT/CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) scanning, and blood testing.