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What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

  1. Naveed Ahmed 624 profile image85
    Naveed Ahmed 624posted 3 years ago

    What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

    Who is a psychologist and a psychiatrist? What qualifications do they have and what modes of treatments do they adopt?

  2. Daniella Lopez profile image92
    Daniella Lopezposted 3 years ago

    A psychiatrist has been to medical school and can prescribe medication. A psychologist has been to grad school, not medical school, and cannot prescribe medication.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image86
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Very true!

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      sheilamyersposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That's the answer I was going to give so now I don't have to.

    3. connorj profile image76
      connorjposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You nailed it in terms of the difference in education and authority; however, the practices are significantly different usually because of the ability to prescribe and perhaps time of service also...

    4. Daniella Lopez profile image92
      Daniella Lopezposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      You are quite correct, connorj. I was simply trying to provide a very simple explanation, without going into too much detail. Both of my parents are psychologists, so I certainly understand the differences in services.

  3. MeaganFreeman profile image61
    MeaganFreemanposted 3 years ago

    Agree with Daniella. Perfect answer. Psychiatrists are either MD or DO physicians who can prescribe drugs. Psychologists also have Doctoral degrees (usually a PhD) but are not able to prescribe.

  4. SilentMagenta profile image70
    SilentMagentaposted 3 years ago

    One can give medicine and the other can only give advice.

 
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