Psychologists vs. Psychiatrists: A Guide
How Do You Know Whom You Should See?
Differences in Training
Why Choose Psychiatry vs. Psychology?
In general, psychologists rely more on therapy and behavioral techniques to treat their patients, while psychiatrists prescribe medicines and/or medical treatments to treat their patients.
Psychiatry, by several years. They must complete medical school and earn a medical degree similar to doctors and surgeons.
Psychiatry, due to the psychiatrist’s status as a medical doctor.
That depends on you. Are you more analytical, more interested in the medical aspects of mental health? You might be more attuned to psychiatry. Are you more intuitive, more captivated by treating mental health through counseling and behavioral modifications? Psychology might be more fulfilling to you.
In most cases, no. However, there are exceptions. In three states – Louisiana, New Mexico, and Illinois – there are additional training requirements that, when achieved, allow psychologists to become “prescribing psychologists.” These requirements generally include advanced training in psychopharmacology and additional supervised hours of practice.