Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a psychiatrist do? Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders. Psychopharmacology, therapy, behavioral interventions, and procedures may be utilized.   
  • What is the main difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? A psychiatrist is a physician/ medical doctor who graduated from medical school with a degree of either DO or MD and can prescribe medication.  A psychologist has a PhD degree, (doctor of philosophy).
  • What is the difference between a therapist and psychiatrist? A therapist may be a licensed psychologist, counselor, or social worker. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe medication to treat mental health disorders.
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