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What are the differences between the work a pyschiatrist does and the work a psychologist does

Asked Lakeland, Florida

I have interest in being a psychologist or psychiatrist but I am bit fuzzy on the difference between the two.
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Ariana’s Answer

Updated

Hello, this is one that people easily confuse. Psychiatrists prescribe medication for mental health diagnosis while psychologists and other counselors engage in psychotherapy.

Misty’s Answer

Updated Huntsville, Alabama

HI Kinley!

This is a great question and one that most people get confused as they both are in the somewhat same genre and field. The difference is in the degree!


Psychiatrist is basically a medical doctor of the mind so to speak in that they have to go to medical school and they are able to see patients on a medical level with conditions of the mind like schizophrenia, bi polar, depression.


Psychologist is more of a scientist of the mind in that they study the mind and the different cognitive and emotional actions of the brain and what causes them.

Alisha’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

A Psychiatrist goes to medical school and specializes in mental disorders of the brain. Psychiatrists typically do not do therapy but they assess and prescribe medication after examining the patient. Psychologists have a doctorate in Psychology. They test for learning disabilities and provide therapy to kids and adults.

Danielle’s Answer

Updated

A psychiatrist has to complete a medical degree and can prescribe medication and a psychologist's highest degree is a master's or a doctoral degree and typically provides psychological testing and/or provides counseling.

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