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What's the difference between psychologists and psychiatrists?

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Psychologists usually have doctoral degrees (PhD or PsyD) and are trained to provide professional counseling on psychological and emotional issues. They don't have medical training, so they're not allowed to prescribe medications -- except in certain states where the legislature has given them prescribing privileges.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications. They may hold therapy sessions or work with non-medical therapists to treat you.

From: Doctors Who Treat Mental Illness WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017
Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

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