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

I have interest in being a psychologist or psychiatrist but I am bit fuzzy on the difference between the two.
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Thank you comment icon A psychiatrist is a medical doctors also known as a physician. Psychiatrist are physicians with a specialty in the brain and the chemicals that create different reactions. They provide medication and sometimes therapy as well. psychologist are doctors of human behavior and theory. They know a lot about why peoPle behave the way they do so they provide therapy to help people learn behaviors that will help them in life. They also teach you about yourself. Enna Taylor

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Alisha’s Answer

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.

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Misty’s Answer

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.

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Danielle’s Answer

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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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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Anup’s Answer

Though the training is different both psychiatrists and psychologists work best together in a collaborative way. Often times patients or clients will have both types of practitioners and will draw on the different trainings and experiences that they offer. For that reason, psychiatrists gain training in psychology and vice versa. Psychiatrists do have to learn about general medicine and train in a hospital setting for a longer period of time. Psychiatrists need to be trained in psychiatric medicines including their risks and benefits. Psychologists are more likely to be involved in providing therapy.
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Ariana’s Answer

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

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