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What is the difference between the fields of psychology and psychiatry?

What is the difference between the fields of psychology and psychiatry?

Medical training: 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

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Psychology (Definition)

The formal definition of psychology is: the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. The mental characteristics or attitude of ...Read more


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What is the main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

What is the main difference between psychology and psychiatry?

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

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Whats the difference between clinical psychology and psychiatry for lifestyle health problems?

Whats the difference between clinical psychology and psychiatry for lifestyle health problems?

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

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Can you please tell me the important differences between psychiatry and psychology?

Can you please tell me the important differences between psychiatry and psychology?

READ BELOW: 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

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How precise is psychiatry vs psychology?

How precise is psychiatry vs psychology?

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

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What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

What is psychology? Is it the same as psychiatry?

Similar: Psychology is the study of behavior. Clinical psychology is the diagnosis and treatment or mental disorders. Psychiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. These two disciplines have different training and have different focus for treatment. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how psychology and psychiatry differ?

Can you please tell me how psychology and psychiatry differ?

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

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Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. What do you think are the benefits of each path? How do I decide?

Trying to decide between psychology and psychiatry. What do you think are the benefits of each path? How do I decide?

Medical model: Training for psychiatry is decidedly very medical - one would have to obtain a MD degree (during which time you are working in various medical specialties that have nothing to do with psych... including surgery, gynecology, cardiology etc), and then at least 4 years of residency (usually starts out with 6 months of internal medicine and 3 months of neurology). ...Read more

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Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Therapy work?: The data is very strong that therapy helps people. Equally, psychiatric medication also helps people. The data is also clear for many significant emotional problems when medications and therapy are combined the effect is even more powerful. ...Read more

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Do universities or researches ever recruit for case studies? (not looking to get paid) neurology, maybe psychiatry psychology?

Do universities or researches ever recruit for case studies? (not looking to get paid) neurology, maybe psychiatry psychology?

Yes: Look up clinicaltrials.Gov on the internet. You can find studies that might be of interest to you and give information on recruitment. ...Read more

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I know that to stop smoking you need psychology, but do you need psychiatry too?

I know that to stop smoking you need psychology, but do you need psychiatry too?

U need commitment: I stopped smoking 1988 and i never took medication , i simply stopped carrying any cigarette with me and for the first three months only my pride prevented me from asking for a cigarette when i saw some one smoking but than it went out totally of my system. ...Read more

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Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Clinical psychology or psychiatry question: i heard that yawning really is contagious, is that true?

Yawning: Yes, studies have shown in humans that yawning is contagious! there is still much to be understood why we do it (and many other animals) and why is it contagious. Some researchers think it has to do with social bonding. It doesn't usually become contagious until about age 4. Kids with autism (and challenged social bonding) are half as likely to "catch" a contagious yawn. ...Read more

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Difference between clinical/ counseling psychology and clinical social work? Aside from education, what's the difference between the fields?

Difference between clinical/ counseling psychology and clinical social work? Aside from education, what's the difference between the fields?

Some Difference: Each Of These Fields Have Different Theoretical Basis, Different Training Models And Different Education Requirements. Each Also Have Traditions That Slightly Differentiate. However There Is Overlap That Makes Actual Practice Less About These Things But More About Individual Models Of practice ...Read more

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What is the difference between a PhD vs D.psych. (Psychology) ?

Research vs Clinical: A PhD is typically a research degree that emphasizes experimentation, time in the library, and publications with lesser of an emphasis on clinical work. A PsyD on the other hand, is a clinical degree that emphasizes work with patients instead of research quite so much ...Read more

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In psychology, what is the difference between habituation and dishabituation?

In psychology, what is the difference between habituation and dishabituation?

Exposure = less fear: Habituation is the decline in response to fear-provoking stimuli with repeated exposure. Habituation is a passive process, in contrast to extinction, which involves active changes in cognition. Dishabituation is habituation in reverse, where one is resensitized to stimuli that had previously been habituated. Exposure therapy relies heavily on the concept of habituation. ...Read more

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What is the difference between counseling and clinical psychology?

What is the difference between counseling and clinical psychology?

PhD vs EdD: Clinical psychology resides within the department of psychology(PhD) whereas counseling psychology is in the department of education(EdD). Typically, the patient population for clinical psychologists is more pathological than for counseling psychologists and the training for clinical psychologists is more focussed on psychopathology. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

What is the difference between clinical psychology and counseling psychology?

Some: Counseling psychologists can get licensed for mental health purposes just like clinical. Usually they focus on more 'normative' problems in living, educational concerns, and occupational guidance and concerns. That said, i know of some counseling psychologists who work with severe mental illnesses. What really matters is experience and training, in addition to the base 'degree.'. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical theory and counseling theory for psychology?

What is the difference between clinical theory and counseling theory for psychology?

Not a clear question: I'm not sure what you mean, since there are many different clinical theories and theories of counseling psychology. Too numerous to list or explain in 400 characters. The term counseling, as opposed to psychotherapy, tends to be used when the therapist has less clinical training (masters or lower), but this is not always the case. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a doctorate in professional counseling and a PhD in psychology?

What is the difference between a doctorate in professional counseling and a PhD in psychology?

Doctorates : A PhD in psychology focuses more on research, whereas a PhD in professional counseling focuses more on clinical, or applied work. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the psychology and physiology of addiction?

What is the difference between the psychology and physiology of addiction?

Psychology & physiol: Interact. Each affects the other. We speak of body and mind as if they are separate things, but they are just two sides of the same coin. Calling addiction a disease can be misleading if it implies that physiology is more important that the psychological, social, & spiritual aspects. Drugs direct affect the physiology, but addiction recovery requires changes in thinking and behavior. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Psychiatry (Definition)

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