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What's the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?


What's the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist? And who do you recommend i should see to help with my social anxiety? Whats the cost like? sorry i'm new at all this. My doctor told me to get help since just medication was not working. Thanks!
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Psychiatrists hold MD degrees and are licensed physicians who can prescribe medications whereas Phycologists are not and tend to provide therapy instead of medications.

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It's surprising that your doctor didn't refer you to someone themselves. Ideally you should see a psychiatrist first to get a professional opinion/diagnosis.
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As somebody else said, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications whereas a psychologist cannot. Usually psychologist are more involved with therapy whereas psychiatrist involves more years of education and they can prescribe drugs.
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I would choose a psychiatrist that does both pharmacological treatment and therapy. Psychologists in New Mexico and Louisiana can prescribe drugs but I think those are the only states.

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Psychiatry = real science
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I think one can give u drugs and the other can't but in not sure
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