A 31-year-old member asked:
can there be such thing as a mental health doctor?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Stewart answered
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Mental health drs: Include psychiatrists, who are medical doctors (M.D. Or D.O.) who focus primarily on mental illness, and psychologists, who have a doctoral degree (pH.D., psy.D. Or ed.D.) in psychology. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication. Psychologists have more extensive training than any other profession in non-drug methods of identifying and treating psychological and emotional problems.
Answered on Jun 25, 2013
Dr. Rick Barnett answered
18 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes: There are several types of "mental health doctors": psychiatrists, PhD/PsyD psychologists, EdD psychologists, Doctors of Social Work, Doctors of Nursing Practice with psychiatric focus, Doctors of Behavioral Health to list a few.
Answered on Jun 27, 2015
Dr. Danielle Biggs answered
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes, a Psychologist can be considered a Mental Health Doctor: Psychologists usually earn a Ph.D or a Psy.D (which stands for Doctor of Psychology) after attending 4 years of graduate school that specializes in training doctors to treat various mental health disorders.
Answered on Feb 11, 2017
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