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Psychology vs. Psychiatry

Many people use the terms “psychology” and “psychiatry” interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different areas of practice. Psychologists and psychiatrists are both trained to identify and treat mental health issues, and both regularly treat patients using psychotherapy (talk therapy). However, because psychiatrists are medical doctors who completed medical school and a residency, they can also prescribe medication and perform certain medical procedures.

Which One Is Right for You?

If you’ve been struggling with your mental health, you may be wondering whether to visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist. If you believe that you could benefit from taking medication—for example, anti-anxiety medication or an antidepressant—then you should reach out to a psychiatrist. But if you’re looking to avoid medication and instead focus on talking through the issues you’ve been experiencing, then a psychologist would probably be a better fit for your needs.

It’s also important to note that if you opt to visit a psychologist and they ultimately determine that you require medication, they can refer you to a psychiatrist. Likewise, if a psychiatrist finds that you would benefit from additional therapy, they can refer you to a psychologist.

For More Information

Contact us today to learn more about the differences between psychology and psychiatry. Our team has experience treating a wide range of mental health conditions, and we’d love the opportunity to assist you with your treatment goals. When you call, we’ll tell you more about our practice and our approach to treatment, schedule your first session, and answer any questions you might have.

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