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How many additional years of college is there for psychiatry verses psychology

I don't want to be in #college my whole life.

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I'm not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I have friends who are. Some of it depends on what your goal is. If you want to be a therapist, you could follow an educational path that includes a 4 year bachelor's degree, followed by a 2-3 year Masters program where you will get training to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. You will also need to do practicum hours and pass exams to receive that accreditation before being able to receive your license. That path would take approximately 6-7 years. If you want a PhD to be a clinical psychologist, longer.

To be a Psychiatrist, you'd be going to med school. That means undergrad likely in pre-med or biology, chemistry, or perhaps psychology, followed by Med School, and residency. My uncle did that and I think it took him 8+ years.

If you are curious about how the brain works and how people relate to each other, take courses in psychology, sociology, [neuro] biology, [neuro] chemistry, and pay attention to what captures your interest most. If your interest and curiosity is high, you'll have more energy to stay the course.