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Who would be better at diagnosing a mental condition: a psychologist or psychiatrist?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. K. Olson
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Either
Either a competent psychologist or psychiatrist can effectively diagnose mental health disorders.
It makes no difference. However when symptoms are severe enough it is wise to go to a psychiatrist for an evaluating first, especially if the symptoms are severe or life-threatening. Therapy is also strongly indicated as and optimal combination.

In brief: Either
Either a competent psychologist or psychiatrist can effectively diagnose mental health disorders.
It makes no difference. However when symptoms are severe enough it is wise to go to a psychiatrist for an evaluating first, especially if the symptoms are severe or life-threatening. Therapy is also strongly indicated as and optimal combination.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Forrest Jones
A psychologist may also want to get their diagnosis validated by a psychiatrist, especially if they suspect a need for long-term medication therapy, or ECT or other invasive intervention.
Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diagnosis
A doctoral psychologist or equivalent trained in clinical psychopathology depending on the training program and exposure to large number of cases with mental illness should equally competent as a psychiatrist to make a diagnosis using the diagnostic statistic manual criteria.
The key word here is exposure of a large number of patients suffering a mental illness.

In brief: Diagnosis
A doctoral psychologist or equivalent trained in clinical psychopathology depending on the training program and exposure to large number of cases with mental illness should equally competent as a psychiatrist to make a diagnosis using the diagnostic statistic manual criteria.
The key word here is exposure of a large number of patients suffering a mental illness.
Dr. Leonard Lado
Dr. Leonard Lado
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