What’s The Difference Between A Psychologist And A Psychiatrist?

If both the terms sound confusing, find out what they actually are

What’s The Difference Between A Psychologist And A Psychiatrist?
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Ever got confused between two of the most similar sounding words that are often used in the healthcare industry?

If the words psychologist and psychiatrist seem the same and you’re not sure what both types of professionals can help with, take a look.

They Often Work Together

Psychologists and psychiatrists often work together and help their client to get better as a team. This is one of the most common reasons that both the terms and the job description get confused with the other, and sound similar.

Who Is A Psychologist?

A psychologist is a professional who studies the various aspects of mental behavior, such as emotional well-being, cognitive development or well-being, social and behavioral aspects and such, by observing, recording as well as interpreting the way a person relates to the immediate social setting as well as other areas of life and interaction, especially at home and work.

Who Is A Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist can prescribe medication
A psychiatrist can prescribe medication

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A psychiatrist is a professional who has studied the branch of medicine that is specifically meant to diagnose, study, prevent, as well as treat those who have any form of mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and so on.

How Does The Treatment Work?

  • First, a person who has any issues with behavioral, emotional or mental health can visit a regular physician who can help to assess the condition.
  • Next, this doctor will refer the person to a psychologist who will first help to specifically take care of the behavioral issues.
  • After observing the person and carrying out the initial diagnosis and care process, the psychologist may then refer the person to a psychiatrist. This is important, because, a psychiatrist is the one who can prescribe any medication that can help with the overall treatment process.

One important thing to remember here is that a psychologist uses the listening and observing technique to work and assess a health condition, while a psychiatrist is one who will prescribe medication that can then help to improve the person’s condition. Usually, a person is referred to a psychiatrist only if there is no improvement while working with the psychologist alone.

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