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Psychiatrist Vs Psychologist Who Can Prescribe
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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
What are the warning signs of when you need more than a psychologist when a doctor can prescrib, does it work by having psychologist and psychiatrist ?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!).See 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!See 1 more doctor answer
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 luckSee 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.
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.See 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.See 3 more doctor answers
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 counseling/psychotherapy.See 1 more doctor answer
You can start with : Either. Usually both psychiatrists and psychologists can do comprehensive diagnostic exams. The psychologist may refer you to a psychiatrist if you need psychotropic medications ; the psychiatrist could refer you to a psychologist for talking therapy.See 2 more doctor answers
It isn't: Psychiatrists who offer psychotherapy (not all do) are usually indistinguishable from psychologists offering the same therapy. Each discipline has other unique skills the other doesn't have. But psychotherapy can be done well by both. A bigger issue is what type of therapy is offered, and what is best for you personally.See 2 more doctor answers
Psychiatrist: If you see a psychiatrist, s/he can prescribe medications if indicated--for example if nightmares are related to depression, mood or anxiety problems. A psychiatrist, psychologist, or other therapist can help you with psychotherapy that may decrease the nightmares or make them more manageable.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Both are trained to treat a wide variety of mental illnesses and/or personality disorders, or in this case pedophilia. Treatment for pedophilia is very specialized and usually goes better with a combination of individual and group psychotherapy, coupled with monitoring by an outside source (P.O., Social Services, Courts) if the pedophile has offended. PX for cure is guarded, statistically.See 1 more doctor answer
Most often no: Most states have laws making the "age of consent" 14, meaning that at 14 you are allowed to make actual medical decisions for yourself. Information is confidential unless you are a risk to self or others. Truthfully, if you're 14 or older, you should be the only one who knows the diagnosis unless you have given express permission to disclose your psychiatric information.See 1 more doctor answer
How do I find a psychologist or psychiatrist that really cares about the outcome of their patients?
Ask others: All should care, ask your primary care doctor or other patients about reputation of doctors.See 3 more doctor answers
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