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What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

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Jorge’s Answer

Hi David,

The psychologist has university studies in psychology and understands psychological difficulties from the understanding of human behavior, focusing on thoughts, emotions and behavior, helping people to understand and resolve difficulties, as well as helping them in their relationships so that in this way they can obtain the necessary psychological well-being.

And on the contrary, the psychiatrist has university studies in medicine and a specialization in psychiatric disorders, his focus is generally medical and focuses much of its importance to the organic aspects of mental disorders, focusing the treatment with pharmacology through the prescription of medications, with the purpose of improving the symptoms that are producing a certain disability in the life of the person due to a certain psychological disorder.

Usually, the psychologist is in charge of the psychotherapeutic treatment and the psychiatrist of the pharmacological one, regulating the medication in the cases in which it is necessary.

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Dakayla’s Answer

Hello David. A psychologist is not able to prescribe medication, but they are able to provide therapy to patients. A psychiatrist is able to prescribe medicine and therapy to patients.