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?
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.
That's the answer I was going to give so now I don't have to.
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...
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.
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.
One can give medicine and the other can only give advice.
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