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What Are The Differences Between Psychiatry And Neuropsychiatry
Type of training: Both psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrists (behavioral neurologists) both start with medical school. Psychiatrists focus on psychiatric disorders, most of which have no identified brain cause; neuropsychiatrists get additional training in neurology and focus on disorders that may have a defined brain problem such as a stroke that is causing or contributing the behavioral difficulties. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Subspecialty: Neuropsychiatry is a subspecialty in psychiatry that focuses on illnesses that can often be classified as both neurologic and psychiatric. Therefore, neuropsychiatry focuses on psychiatric symptoms related to stroke, seizures, traumatic brain injury, dementia and other diseases affecting the brain. ...Read more
Trouble thinking (unpred., comes & goes); really hurts me @ work. Just don't know who to see. Psychiatry? Neuropsychiatry? Neuropsychology? Neurology?
Start w/family doc: He/she will make appropriate referrals. Neuropsych testing can give you more information. Natural approaches from a nutritionist or nutritionally oriented doc would be good. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Educational track: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who after completing their graduate courses specialize in the field of psychiatry. Being physicians they are licensed to precribe medications. Psychologists on the other hand studied normal psychology and psychological disorders in a non medical domain. In the usa psychologist can treat mental illness but are not licensed to prescribe medications. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Psychiatrists go to medical school for 4 years and residency for another four years. Then many take a board examination.
Psychologists get training in a university and obtain a phd. They have to write a thesis and do a internship and sometimes a post doctorate. ...Read more
A psychiatrist is a physician, a trained medical doctor. He will probably have more familiarity with medical illness that has psychiological symptoms. Also as a dr hr can prescribe medicaltions. These range from helpful to necessary, because there are things that will not respind to talk therapy or cognitive behavioraltherapy.
As psychologist a ph d has had years of study and can be excellent too. ...Read more
Talk vs. Medication: Clinical psychologist might help you through the life-style changes on emotional, cognitive and behavioral levels through various techniques. While psychiatrist are potentially trained in provision of psychotherapy, their primary focus is medication management if the stress becomes unbearable and functioning of the client is impaired. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the difference between psychopharmacology and psychiatry? Would a psychopharmacologist help more in finding the correct medicine?
Definitions: A psychopharmacologist is typically a psychiatrist who identifies as having studied psychiatric medications in significant depth and has a very technical approach to medication management. If someone is looking for purely medication management and possibly has had difficulties finding a helpful medication in the past, then a psychopharmacologist is a good option to try. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Psych.: Psychiatrist is a medical doctor (md) treating patients with mental illnesses, both thru therapy & managing medications. Psychologist is a phd who treats similar patients thru psychotherapy & can perform psychological testing if qualified to do so. Both disciplines work very close to provide quality care to patients. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In your practice is it consistent to see huge differences in personality in patients on and off their psychiatric meds?
Consistently, no. Sometimes, yes. It depends substantially on the diagnosis, types of medications, and many other factors.
For instance, in some patients with adhd, they are angry, short tempered, and belligerent initially, but when they are taking a therapeutic dose of medication, they are much calmer and focused. If they stop their meds, the old symptoms return. ...Read more
BMI: People with anorexia nervosa must be abnormally underweight whereas those with bulimia nervosa are often in the normal weight range or even overweight. There are other differences as well, but this is probably the best single factor that can be used to discriminate between the two. Binging and purging can occur in either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between a "psychiatrist" and a "psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner"?
Same: These terms are generally interchangeable.Get a more detailed answer ›
The "ideal" in medical treatment is to achieve a healthy norm. This is very difficult to achieve, but should always be the goal.
In psychiatry this means helping patients (as much as possible) develop the ability to realistically experience and navigate the world, enabling them to adapt to stressors while they experience life's joys, losses, and disappointments with a healthy range of emotions. ...Read more