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Psychologist Vs. Psychiatrist
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
Psychiatrist: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor while a psychologist is not. As a result they can more accurately review medical conditions that contribute or underly emotional illness. They can order labs, x-rays, specific neurological tests, and carefully consider the role of medications in symptom presentation. They can also perform physical examinations. Importantly, they can knowledgably prescibe meds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES, DEFINETLY: So far, all this is in line with the New York Times piece. But the article failed to mention that most psychiatrists (59.4%) continue to provide psychotherapy to at least some of their patients.1 Moreover, when we read the discussion section of the Mojtabai-Olfson study, we find an important caveat. The design of their study required that “psychotherapy visits” had to be longer than 30 minutes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
For substance abuse and cyclothimic bipolar what would be the best type of counseling, with a psychologist or a psychiatrist?
Both: Medications and psychotherapy together are most effective. Both have a role and work together. Depending on your severity, you should work on your substance abuse first, then address your mood issues if you have to choose only 1 professional to start with. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: Therapists (cbt or other) may find that a patient may be better fit for an other kind of psychotherapy than the one they are specialized in. Just keep in mind that you may go and see the "best therapist in the world" (whatever his/her technique is), but if you don't feel understood, it is be better for you to find somebody else. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Both are good: If you're interested in social behavior and social sciences, psychology may be for you. If you're attracted to the basic sciences, (biology, chemistry, etc.) and don't mind a long educational journey, medicine and psychiatry might be the ticket. Fwiw, most psychiatrists made the decision first to be a physician and secondarily to be a psychiatrist. Most psychologists knew in undergrad studies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Amount of education: A clinical social worker has more education and clinical training than a mental health counselor. Typically a counselor has a ba in psychology or social work, while a clinical social worker usiually has a masters in social work and can get licensed to practice as a therapist (& accept insurance). ...Read more
Yes: Especially w/ the availability of consult/supervision by the PhD. Each locale licenses differently and if you wish, you can ask about it. They should not be defensive. They should be glad you're careful. That you work well together is the big issue! EdD's have a lot of training and if he's got the right experience, that's fine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have some problems with anger management and could be bipolar should see a psychologist or a psychiatrist?
Eval: Get a full psychiatric evaluation for bipolar disorder. If bipolar disorder is found, then medications, typically mood stabilizers will be prescribed. Therapy is also strongly indicated. If The evaluation is negative for bipolar disorder, medication still may be needed. In that case therapy is also strongly indicated. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
ERP Expert, Meds: Obsessions=unwanted thoughts, get stuck in head. Can spook u/trick so that we come 2believe they're real or they mean something. See http://www.Ocfoundation.Org or http://bit.Ly/ykpajd. Exposure & response prevention=treatment of choice. Impt 2find someone experienced in erp - usu psychologists (some) r the ones who train in erp. But see a psychiatrist 4 meds 2 help if erp alone is too hard. ...Read moreSee 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between a "psychiatrist" and a "psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner"?
Matter of experience: That would depend on each doctor's experience in addiction/withdrawal issues. Either one could handle a schedule for withdrawal if they have experience in this. But you will likely benefit from a supportive outpatient rehab arrangement in addition to a basic withdrawal schedule and medical monitoring. It is important to lower the dose slowly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thoughts? Could seeing a psychiatrist who specializes in autism/aspergers help with my eating disorder?
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