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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 more
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
Neuropsychiatry: Neuropsychiatry is a field that preceded psychiatry, for studying neuropsychological conditions, comprising psychiatrists & neurologists, until the split when psychiatry became separate field, each with their own governing boards. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
What is the difference between a "psychiatrist" and a "psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner"?
Medical school: Unlike a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist has completed medical school and years of residency training to gain expertise. ...Read more
Same: These terms are generally interchangeable.Get a more detailed answer ›
Moderately: Precision depends on the practitioner and not the discipline. As in many fields of medicine, many pracitices are understood with a degree of certainty, but many others are vaguely defined. ...Read more
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
Psychiatry can help:
The human mind-body is not static. The body, thoughts and feelings are constantly changing. Talk therapy has helped many people to change their mind about suicide. In addition, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications which can be helpful for deep depression.
Change is always possible. ...Read more
No: No, actually psych meds have been shown to both protect and heal brain damage related to stress and aging. Ssris increase hippocampal volume, thereby healing harmful neuronal damage to this critical memory region of the brain. Lithium is neuroprotective (prevents age related brain neuronal damage)and at the 2013 apa mtg was shown to significantly reduce the risk of dementia in patients with bipolar. ...Read more
Emotion doc for kids: Child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who goes through another two year training after getting trained in general psychiatry. They treat children and adolescents with emotional/psychiatric/behavioral and developmental problems such as adhd, depression, anxiety, oppositional and defiance, autism etc. After initial diagnostic evaluation they may provide therapy and or medications. ...Read more
Psychiatrist is MD: A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry, a branch of medicine, has gone to medical school, completed an internship and residency and maybe further training in child, geriatric, forensic, or addiction psychiatry. Can prescribe medication just like any other md. Psychologists go to graduate school after college, get phd in psychology. ...Read more
Very rarely now: Sodium Pentothal is a short-acting barbiturate popularly known as "truth serum" -- and still used in anesthesia. For a time it was administered in some psychiatric situations, such as trauma. However, the results may be unreliable because the patient will go along with leading questions. It's hard to tell true from false statements. A false memory syndrome can sometimes result. ...Read more
Enduring Patterns: A personality disorder is a mental health condition in which an individual exhibits enduring behaviors and experiences associated with significant stress or disability deviating from social expectations especially in relating to others. Personality disorders are inflexible and pervasive across many situations. Ttreament is usually some form of psychotherapy combined with medication management. ...Read more
Psychiatrist: Ask your GP for a referral to a reputable psychiatrist in your area. It's best not to try to find one out of the phone book. ...Read more