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
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.