A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, including substance use disorders. Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.
What is difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist?
Psychiatrists have a medical degree along with advanced qualifications from residency and a specialty in psychiatry. They use talk therapy, medications, and other treatments to treat people with mental health conditions. A psychiatrist will be the best place to start for patients with a complicated medical history, neurological problems, or acute illness.
Psychologists have an advanced degree, such as a PhD or PsyD. Psychologists typically do the following: Conduct scientific studies of behaviour and brain function. Observe, interview, and survey individuals. Identify psychological, emotional, behavioural, or organizational issues and diagnose disorders. They don’t prescribe medication for mental illness.