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A 16-year-old male asked:

Are there people that are both psychologists and psychiatrists? i need the expertise of both and don't like the idea of seeing two people.

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Dr. K. Mujib Haque
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends why : You can get away with seeing one of them depending upon the nature of your problems. Psychiatrist usually focus on drug therapy while psychologist use counselling and behavioral therapies. Again it will depend on why you need to see one of them. For example, psychosis or depression usually must be treated with drugs while personality problems can at least initially be tackled with behavioral.
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Surely: There are often psychologists who are trained as psychiatrist (or psychiatrist trained as psychologists). If there isn't one in your area, you may also inquire if any of the paychMDs in your area have additional training in psychotherapy, which many may have. That might be sufficient to allow you to avoid "split treatment" as some psychotherapy programs for MDs can be very rigorous. Good luck!

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