What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists evaluate physical health and prescribe medication to treat a problem and psychologists identify the behavior or thought problems and provide psychological treatment, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, family interventions or training to sustain lifestyle changes (e.g. heart attack recovery).
What does a Psychologist do?
- Evaluate and treat individuals who are suffering, whether from a serious mental illness(such as depression or panic attacks), a developmental disorder (such as autism), a serious physical disease (such as cancer)
- Help people deal with life stresses
- Help families as individual family members struggle with difficult questions, such as whether to undergo organ transplantation or what to do about end-of-life care