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Can a psychologist who has a ph.D prescribe medicine in some states in the u.S.?

Can a psychologist who has a ph.D prescribe medicine in some states in the u.S.?

Yes: If i recall, louisiana, new mexico, hawaii, native american reservations, and armed forces. The candidate must have a masters degree beyond their doctoral degree--the masters must be in psychopharmacology. They must have a lot of supervised prescription experience and must pass a tough national exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?

Can a prescribing psychologist prescribe cogentin along with Haldol (haloperidol) since it is not cogentin is not specifically a "psychiatric drug"?

No: Psychologists are not MD's and do not prescribe medications (hopefully, that has not and will not change). To receive a prescription for medication, one would see an MD or DO, meaning an allopathic or osteopathic doctor, such as a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Why do docs don't want the law to allow psychologists to prescribe meds?

Why do docs don't want the law to allow psychologists to prescribe meds?

No medical education: This is controversial, as psychologists in some states are legally able to prescribe psychiatric medications after a course in psychopharmacology. This is not the same as having the depth and breadth of 4 years of medical education, or serving a 4 year psychiatric medicine residency (which includes general medicine rotations). Treating with meds is much more involved than writing scrips alone. ...Read more

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Can clinical psychologists and/or neuropsychologists prescribe in california?

No: It still takes a medical license to prescribe in california. A nurse practitioner can "furnish" meds under a physician's supervision. Most clinical psychologists work closely with psychiatrists or other physicians who can prescribe psychiatric meds. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a psychologist prescribe homeopathic remedies?

It could be possible that a psychologist prescribe homeopathic remedies?

They are not: Qualified to prescribe homeopathic medications. They may suggest that you consult with a homeopath, but unless they are trained they will not prescribe. ...Read more

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What does it mean when it's said that psychologist act as collaborative prescribers for their patients that need medication?

Have't actually: heard it put that way. Psychologists are trained in the categories and (side) effects of psychiatric meds, but because we didn't go to Med school, we either have to take additional training to prescribe (two states) or we advise clients when meds might be good, or bad. But we refer to psychiatrists to deal with meds. We do the therapy and psych. testing. Psychiatrists don't do testing. ...Read more

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What do you when, you feel really suicidal , but the doctor won't prescribe medication because I hoard , and my psychologist believes I am dependent?

Get a third opinion.: Even if your two providers are right, you might still have enough impulses to do some self-harm. And besides, what does hoarding have to do with not prescribing? If you are dependent, could you not still feel and do something suicidal? Couple of non-sequitars... ...Read more

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Is it normal for a doctor to refer someone who's hearing voices to a psychologist and not prescribe meds?

Is it normal for a doctor to refer someone who's hearing voices to a psychologist and not prescribe meds?

Meds help: In most cases a person hearing voices needs meds to improve. Several different illness can cause hallucinations but need a careful differential diagnosis by a psychiatrist and probable meds. ...Read more

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How come there is no general health doctor that is not allowed to prescribe prescriptions? Like how there are psychiatrists (allowed to prescribe prescriptions) and psychologists (not allowed to prescribe prescriptions)?

How come there is no general health doctor that is not allowed to prescribe prescriptions? Like how there are psychiatrists (allowed to prescribe prescriptions) and psychologists (not allowed to prescribe prescriptions)?

Medical training: All physicians (including psychiatrists, who are physicians) go through extensive medical training which includes the comprehensive effects of medications on human physiology, consciousness, and behavior. They are supervised in learning to prescribe safely & effectively. Psychologist training concentrates on other areas, with some possible overlap in neurophysiology, etc. See comment below. ...Read more

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Psychologist wants me on antidepressant. Will gp prescribe or will i need to see psychiatrist?

Psychologist wants me on antidepressant. Will gp prescribe or will i need to see psychiatrist?

Ask your doctor: Shirley, most primary care MDs (GPs) in the U.S. will prescribe an initial dose of an antidepressant, often an SSRI medication, to their patients on the recommendation of a mental health professional. I don't know what the regulations are in the Great Britain health system. Call your GPs office and ask them. If you need to see a psychiatrist, ask your psychologist to refer you to one. Good luck ...Read more