Is a Psychiatrist The Same as a Psychologist?

This is a very general approximation of the differences between psychiatrists and psychologists.

 

Psychologists:

Training: Graduate school (6 years)

Degree: Ph.D.

Treatment: Therapy

 

Psychiatrists:

Training: Medical school (4 years) + Psychiatry residency (4 years) = 8 years minimum

Degree: M.D.

Treatment: Medications and Therapy

 

By Dr. Terra Caudill, MD, MS