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What is the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist in terms of what they are able to do in their field and the degrees they need to earn before they can practice?

I'm a junior in high school genuinely interested in the study of the mind and helping people, specifically children. I just can't really wrap my mind around what's the difference between these two titles. #psychology #psychiatry #children

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A psychiatrist first goes to medical school and then completes a residency that specializes in behavioral and psychiatric issues, including drug and other therapies. Psychologists usually obtain a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) and usually do not attend medical school. There are special programs for some psychologists who want to be able to prescribe drugs as part of a psychological treatment plan. There are similarities and differences in what they do in their practices. Similarities are in the area of diagnosis, treatment and providing assistance dealing with behavioral problems.

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, your response was very helpful. Anaidys
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