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A 22-year-old female asked:

Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. what do you think are the benefits of each path? how do i decide?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Both are good: choices. Psychiatry is primarily focused on medication for mental health issues these days. Clinical Psychology focused on diagnosis, treatment, and research. You will learn various ways to help others such as cognitive therapy, psychological assessment, mind-body medicine, etc. Interview a few of each profession if you can. Peace and good health. Time frame for training is about the same.
Dr. Ying Wang
Specializes in Psychiatry
Medical model: Training for psychiatry is decidedly very medical - one would have to obtain a MD degree (during which time you are working in various medical specialties that have nothing to do with psych... including surgery, gynecology, cardiology etc), and then at least 4 years of residency (usually starts out with 6 months of internal medicine and 3 months of neurology).
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Psychologists have four years of graduate training in therapy and things related--psychotherapy skills, psychological testing, plus a year and a half (at least) pre-doc practicing these specific skills. After the Ph.D., there's another 1 1/2 yeas (at least) before sitting for the State Boards. We have way more therapy training than other disciplines. No one else has psych. testing training.
Dec 31, 2016
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Psychologists are also trained in psych. meds, but not enough to prescribe. That is changing, too. In three states psychologists can prescribe (after having an additional one or two years of training/practicum). Five other states are following suit. I wish psychiatrists had better training in therapy skills and psych. testing and psychologists had better training in meds.
Dec 31, 2016
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Psychiatry/Psycholog: Psychiatry provides career for patient care as a Physician-making Medical and Psychiatric Diagnosis, ordering Lab tests, providing treatment, prescribing medication, and collaborating with other physicians for total care. Psychology provides a career for client care, making Psychiatric Diagnosis, providing Therapy, at times collaborating with Psychiatrists. Feel your Interest and Passion!

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