Do I Need a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist?
Many people quickly become confused with all of the different types of therapists that are available. Not everyone knows the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a licensed counselor, a licensed social worker, and marriage and family counselors. These many different professional titles often lead to confusion.
What Is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has received a medical degree just like your family physician. On top of a medical degree, a psychiatrist obtained extra training to specialize in mental health care and medical management of mental health problems. Some psychiatrists have more counseling experience than others, but many psychiatrists specialize in the medical and physical aspects of mental health.
What Can I Expect from a Psychiatrist?
Often, you will not have the opportunity to sit down for very long periods of time with your psychiatrist. Psychiatrists, much like medical doctors, are often pressed for time. A good psychiatrist will sit down with you for at least 15-20 minutes at a time so that he may get to know you and understand more about your issues. Your psychiatrist will usually prescribe medication for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or any other mental health concern you have. Your psychiatrist will work with your counselor or psychologist to help you.
If your needs are serious, the best place to receive psychiatric treatment is in an inpatient setting. During inpatient treatment, you will be able to stay overnight, spend a greater amount of time with your psychiatrist, and you will be able to have more treatment time and more specific outcomes. It is a good idea to consider overnight mental health care if your situation is serious or if you are struggling with drugs or alcohol. You may be surprised to find out just how comfortable and welcoming most overnight treatment programs are.
What Is a Psychologist?
A psychologist is a person who received a doctorate degree in mental health or psychology. This person is not a physical health doctor like a psychiatrist. A psychologist is a doctor of philosophy, much like many college professors. A psychologist will take more time to help you discuss problems and work through issues through counseling, therapy, and more.
What Can I Expect from a Psychologist?
Most psychologist appointments are 50 minutes in duration. During those 50 minutes, you may discuss a number of things and your psychologist will take time to help you through those issues by using treatment methods such as cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family counseling and more. Your psychologist will get to know you well over time and may help you work with a psychiatrist as needed. Again, if your needs are severe, it is best to get to know a psychologist in an inpatient setting.
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