Difference between psychiatrist and psychologist

July 23rd, 2008 - 3:54 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Psychologists and psychiatrists often work together for the well-being of the client, their job descriptions overlap. There are several crucial differences between a psychologist and psychiatrist.

A psychiatrist attends medical school and is a physician , holds an M.D. degree and is specialized training in the field of psychiatry. A psychiatry mainly focus on the use of medications for treatment and they spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment.

Their experience typically involves working in the psychiatric unit of a hospital with a variety of patients, from children and adolescents with behavior disorders to adults with severe cases of mental illness.

A psychologist holds a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) from a university and the degree will be in Clinical Psychology.Psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention.

The education of psychologists provides a knowledge of psychological and emotional problems, personality, and human development, integrated with specialized training in how to apply this knowledge to helping people with emotional distress and other problems in living. The psychologist’s training in research allows them to evaluate the best ways to help people and to make “evidence-based” decisions regarding what helps and what doesn’t help different people with various situations.
The use of psychological tests requires years of training that involves not only learning how to give the tests, but also how to integrate all the information from a variety of tests, background information, interviews, and knowledge of theories, research, psychological problems, personalities, and human development.

Psychology students are required to complete an internship. The internships includes:

* methods of treatment
* problem-solving techniques
* psychological theory
* behavioral therapy

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