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What is the difference between psychology and psychiatry?

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July 20, 2019 / By Alia
Question: Psychology really intrests me, like counseling people and understanding the way the brain works. I've always been interested in this kinda of stuff... Especially people with mental problems. I don't say "mental problems" in rude way either. I would love to be a counselor some day... But i've read that psychologist don't make all that much money. What's thie difference of psychology and psychiatry? And would highschool classes should i take if i'm interested in this field for college?
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Tyron Tyron | 8 days ago
Psychiatrists have an MD degree (they are doctors). Psychologists typically refer patients to psychiatrists if they need medication. Psychiatrists generally see patients with more advanced psychological problems than psychologists. Psychologists generally have a masters or a PhD in Counseling. I studied psychology and first became interested in HS after taking a psychology course. Obvious choice for you if it is offered. If you want to pursue Psychiatry I recommend taking advanced courses in biology and anatomy as well.
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Tyron Originally Answered: im 15 interested in psychology-psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a medical speciality which is studied after gaining a first medical degree. Psychiatrists treat adults and children who usually have a named psychiatric condition which you might call a mental illness. They can prescribe medication and work in hospitals or privately. They can do research and publish papers. Psychologist have a bachelor's degree in psychology and can then go on to do a master's or doctorate. Psychologists study human behaviour, so they are not just counselors. They can be involved in, for example, industrial psychology, sleep studies, education, research and funeral directors' businesses as grief counselors. A psychologist needs more than a first degree to be a counselor. The more qualified they are, the more likely they are to have a private practice. In order to do research and publish their own papers, a doctorate is usually required. Psychologists cannot prescribe medication. There are many, many books. I think you would do best to do an internet search or try and ask someone who is going through either of these studies. I think the nearest med school or university librarian would help you. You would be allowed to look at books in the library without being a member.
Tyron Originally Answered: im 15 interested in psychology-psychiatry?
Step 1) Work hard and get good GCSE grades right across the board Step 2) Start getting work experience: old people's homes, hospitals, GPs surgery, anywhere that will take you on that is relevant. Continue to do this through your A-levels Step 3) Do A-level Chemistry and Biology and 2 more that interest you (possibly drop one of these after AS), and yes it is perfectly possible to do 3 sciences and maths at A-level if that is what you are good at then you won't find it too hard. Again you need good grades. Step 4) Get into a medical school at university (very hard to get into, which is why you had to do so much before hand!), and do a 5 year medical degree. Step 5) You are officially a medical doctor, but only a junior one, several years of low pay and on the job training to go but still some proper doctoring involved!

Rigby Rigby
I think psychology is a little different from psychiatry Psychology is the science and art of explaining and changing human mental processes and behaviors. Its immediate goal is to understand humanity by both discovering general principles and exploring specific cases and its ultimate aim is to benefit society. In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist, and is classified as a social or behavioral scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and neurological processes that underlie certain functions and behaviors. Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study and treatment of mental disorders—which include various affective, behavioural, cognitive and perceptual disorders. The term was first coined by the German physician Johann Christian Reil in 1808. It literally means the 'medical treatment of the mind' (psych-: mind; -iatry: medical treatment; from Greek iātrikos: medical, iāsthai: to heal). A medical doctor specializing in psychiatry is a psychiatrist. Mental disorders are currently conceptualized as disorders of brain circuits likely caused by developmental processes shaped by a complex interplay of genetics and experience. In other words, the genetics of mental illness may really be the genetics of brain development, with different outcomes possible, depending on the biological and environmental context.
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Merton Merton
psychiatrist give out medicines. that's the only difference. they have some medical training but nothing else is different.
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Merton Originally Answered: How is Psychology different from Psychiatry? Both involve working with disabled individuals?
Psychiatrists require the medical degree to go into the physical causes, diagnose, prescribe and do all the other things doctors do, because they are doctors. Psychologists help with the metal issues only, because after the diagnosing and prescriptions that helps. Psychiatrists are most often found at hospital to diagnose, admit and treat emergency cases or at mental hospitals to both treat and help patients. Psychologists are most often found in private practices or at schools when the medical issues are already resolved but the patient needs to learn how to deal with the diagnosis.

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