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How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

How could psychologists/psychiatrists tell the difference b/w depression and negative symptoms of psychosis?

A lot of overlap: The two phenomenon can be difficult to distinguish. The presence of sadness and or hopeless would be consistent with depression. ...Read more

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Clinical Psychology (Definition)

Clinical psychology is a branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness and disability. A clinical psychologist ...Read more


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What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Many: A psychiatrist, like me, is a medical doctor. I went medical school for four years after completing four years of college. Then, I was resident (a physician in training) for five more years-to become a child psychiatrist for a total of 13 years after high school. A psychologist has a phd in psychology-in most cases. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psych.: Also, psychiatrists are mds who can prescribe meds. Psychologists are phds who cannot. ...Read more

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What is the basic difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?

What is the basic difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?

Different types of: Training. 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 prescribe medication. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist?

How do I find what's the difference between a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist?

Medical vs psych: A psychiatrist has a medical degree and a physician license. Some practice psychotherapy but many only prescribe medication. A psychologist holds a doctoral degree (psyd, phd, edd) from a graduate school (not a medical school). Psychologists are licensed to conduct psychological services but do not prescribe meds. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist and who is ideal to see first?

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist and who is ideal to see first?

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. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read more

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The difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? I'm interested in these careers perhaps in the future. Are there other similar careers?

Mental health: Pros are found in a variety of disciplines. Clinical psychologists are trained to diagnose and treat mental illness, and do research and psych testing. Psychiatrists are medical docs who specialize in medication for psych problems. Counselors have a master's degree as entry credential and work w/developmental issues, couples, etc. Some social workers are trained in therapy also. Peace&health. ...Read more

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What is the difference betwee a psychiatrist, psychologist and a counselor?

What is the difference betwee a psychiatrist, psychologist and a counselor?

MD, PHD, Masters: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (md or do) and is trained in anatomy, psychotherapy and medications, a psychologist holds a phd and is trained in psychotherapy and psychological testing. A counselor is trained in psychotherapy only. ...Read more

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What's the difference between psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists?

What's the difference between psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists?

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 more

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What is the difference between nurse therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist?

What is the difference between nurse therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist?

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

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Any difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist? If you have ocd, can you consult both?

Any difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist? If you have ocd, can you consult both?

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 more

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What is the difference between the doctors who treats phobias? Psychologists vs. Psychiatrists.

What is the difference between the doctors who treats phobias? Psychologists vs. Psychiatrists.

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 more

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What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and family therapists?

What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and family therapists?

Medications: Of all that you mentioned, except for very rare exceptions, psychiatrists are the only ones with a medical degree who can prescribe medications. The other differences have to do with the formal training a person received, e.g. Graduate school in psychology through a university vs school of social work. In practice, the services they provide often overlap. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety (hypochondria)?

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety (hypochondria)?

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. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read more

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What's difference between psychologist v. psychiatrist v. psychotherapist v. LCSW? Going through a breakup and need to talk. Choices are overwhelming.

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

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What can a psychologist do that a psychiatrist can't?

What can a psychologist do that a psychiatrist can't?

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 more

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If I want to change behavior, why can't I get insurance to cover psychologist and not just psychiatrist or drugs?

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 more

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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 more

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How are psychologists and psychiatrists different?

How are psychologists and psychiatrists different?

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 more

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How do a psychiatrist and a psychologist differ?

How do a psychiatrist and a psychologist differ?

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 more

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How do a psychologist and a psychiatrist differ?

Doc's: Psychiatrist finished medical school & obtained md degree. Psychologist finished training & received phd degree, can diagnose illnesses but cannot prescribe medications, while md can. ...Read more

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Do psychologists/ psychiatrist judge their patients?

Do psychologists/ psychiatrist judge their patients?

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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What can a psychologist do that a psychiatrist cannot?

Psychologist: Psychiatrists can prescribe medications, psychologists cannot. These days psychiatrists very rarely do therapy, albeit some still do. Most therapy is performed these days by psychologists. ...Read more

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When should I see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist?

When should I see a psychologist rather than a psychiatrist?

A Sad Split: I agree with dr. Ghanem about the decline in % of psychiatrists who do psychotherapy in their practices. But they do exist -- just ask! For medications, you'll need a psychiatrist. In either case, trust in your psychologist or psychiatrist is crucial -- and feeling that you can discuss concerns openly. More psychologists than psychiatrists do specialized therapies like emdr also. ...Read more

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Does seeing psychologist rather than psychiatrist work for you?

Does seeing psychologist rather than psychiatrist work for you?

Depends on need: The factors that determine whether or not a patient sees a psychologist or a psychiatrist depend on the severity of the symptoms. Psychiatrist can prescribe medication for psychological stress sores, however psychiatrists tend not to do therapy all that much anymore. On the other hand psychologists do not have prescript of power, however they do psychotherapy. The optimal approach is to use both. ...Read more

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What group validates the competence of a psychiatrist or psychologist?

What group validates the competence of a psychiatrist or psychologist?

Licensing board: Usually each state has its own department of professional regulations that is responsible for the issue of license in a given profession. Depending on a state, a professional is required to take a continuing education classes to keep the license. However, many professionals are taking classes without the requirement to keep current on treatment trends and techniques. ...Read more

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How would seeing a psychologist be different from seeing a psychiatrist?

How would seeing a psychologist be different from seeing a psychiatrist?

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 more

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How is a person seeing a psychologist different from seeing a psychiatrist?

How is a person seeing a psychologist different from seeing a psychiatrist?

He may need both: Psychiatrists are md's with specialized training in diagnosis & management of mental illnesses. They are knowledgeable in the use of psychopharmacological and therapeutic treatments of psychiatric disorders. Psychologists are ph. D's trained to perform standardized tests (e.g., iq, social understanding), diagnose & treat mental illnesses using a variety of evidence-based therapies. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for me to be both a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

What is the likelihood for me to be both a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

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. ...Read more

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