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Psychiatrist Vs Psychologist Vs Psychotherapist
Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. Social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists all do psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's difference between psychologist v. psychiatrist v. psychotherapist v. LCSW? Going through a breakup and need to talk. Choices are overwhelming.
Yes, confusing: Hi Julie, the choices can be confusing! The MOST important factor is your relationship with the person, so ask for recommendations, and meet a few times to gauge fit. Also, consider education, training, licensing, years in practice, areas of specialization, and treatment approaches/philosophy. Ask?? Posting link below that describes differences among providers. Hope this is helpful. Take care. ...Read more
I have depression about 10 years ago, I have often gone to psychologists+psychiatrists but the problem persists. I don't wanna live. What else can I try?
See below: I"m sorry you're going through this. Look at things that worked in the past. Discuss your treatment impasse with the providers to help you figure out issues that might be causing your feelings. If you're having thoughts of self-harm that are overwhelming, go to the nearest emergency room or dial 911. National suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-talk. Good luck ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have consulted psychiatrists and psychologists and tried medication but still my ocd is getting worse. What to do? Tell me. Do something, I beg you. I don't want to die.
Psychologists: Are not medical doctors, so they do not prescribe medication. They are however trained intensively in clinical psychotherapy. In addition they are the only mental health professionals trained in psychological testing and some psychologists have additional training in neuropsychological testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Training, experience: Psychiatrists are physicians who have graduated from 4 years of medical school with an md or do degree; they then serve 4 year residencies that cover general medical services plus psychiatry in training. Psychologists enter professional training programs after college; a master's level requires 2 years' graduate work. A phd level generally requires 3-5 years' graduate study & a dissertation. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Psychiatrists are MD: After graduating college & graduating a 4 years medical school, one obtains a md degree.Psychiatry is subspecialty of medicine. The md completes another 4 years in a psychiatric training program. A psychologist is not a md, gets postgraduate degrees from univerisity & become specialized with important skills. Psychiatrists & psychologists should work together but are in conflict. What a shame. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If I want to change behavior, why can't I get insurance to cover psychologist and not just psychiatrist or drugs?
Do it anyway!: That's unfortunate! But, here's what I think: do not let insurance companies dictate how to take care of yourself; if u feel that talking to someone (as in being in therapy) is what u need to do, then do so. Many therapists have a sliding scale or different payment options; u could arrange to meet with them weekly or every other week. It is your life! Take charge. (+it's more private!). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
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! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but few do: Mental health if pretty low-tech, so it does not require fancy equipment. Therapists still sometimes work out of their home, but many prefer the seapration of private and professional life that an office provides. If they want to work out of their home, they have to have a business license and follow city regulations--some of which Prohibit business in residential settings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different types of: Training. Nurses learn nursing1st, then specialize in psychiatric nursing or become nurse practitioners. They can give out medications under doctor's supervision. Psychiatrists study medicine and then specialize in psychiatry and medication 4 psychiatric disorders. Psychologists specialize in psychology, therapy, psyche testing and mental health from ba to ma to doctorate and don't give medication. ...Read more
Key= OCD Specialist: See pcp 2rule out any physical conditions. Then consult w/ psychiatrist or clinical psychologist specializing in ocd. Expert can help rule out other problems that may look like or accompany ocd. 2 ensure u get the right doc (s) & most effective treatment (s), research ocd & learn all u can about it. 2nd, learn effective treatments. Start w/the internat'l ocd foundation: httpl//www. Ocfoundation. Org. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Therapy & Medication: Psychiatrists have a degree in medicine (md) and psychologists have a doctoral-level degree in psychology (pH. D. Or psy. D.). Psychiatrists can prescribe medications, while in most states psychologists cannot. Psychologists treat phobias teaching practice of relaxation and exposure in psychotherapy sessions. Psychiatrists prescribe and adjust medication to improve symptoms. Some do psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What steps do I need to take if I want to become a psychologist or psychiatrist. I'm already enrolled in college seeking an a.A.S degree. What's next?
I defend my depression with new psychologist cause of the terrible experience I hadwith my first psychiatrist he said I wasn't sick but suffered daily?
Your new behavioral: Health provider and your old one are two different people. My guess is that both of them have provided feedback that has been valuable. BUT, remember if you spend all of your energy trying to prove that you have depression - you won't be spending it on getting well. You have an obstacle that you need to get past to recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type of training: Psychiatrists are medical doctors, which means that, after undergraduate training, they go to med school for 4 yrs or more, then train another 4-5 years in psychiatry (more for child & adolescent psychiatry. Psychologists have about 4 years after undergraduate, then do an internship & postdoctoral training for 2-3 years. Much overlap, but psychiatrists prescribe mediations; pscyhogists test. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I hope not!!!: I would like to believe that would never happen. Could it happen? Of course yes but I don't know of any. They are human too. If you need help, don't be afraid to go to one. Your primary physician may help to choose a compassionate doctor he or she is familiar with ...Read more
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