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I pay a woman to listen to me ramble for 50 minutes every week. She gives me a little bit of commonsense feedback and I leave feeling absolutely pathetic. I wish she would just tell me what to do.
 

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A psychologist is not your friend. There is only a one-way relationship.

They are for people that want to get better.

It takes a long time to qualify for either profession but there is probably some truth to psychology being mumbo-jumbo compared to psychiatry, a respected scientific field.
 

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Why pay a person to listen to your problems? Aren't psychiatrists far more qualified than psychologists?
Because psychiatrists are doctors, they are less likely to sit and discuss your problems with you. Their purpose is simple and is based upon efficiency: prescribe and move along. You come in there describe your symptoms: depression, poor attention, short term memory loss, suicidal ideation, destructive tendencies, whatever...they give you medication.

A psychologist is not allowed to prescribe medication so you see a psychologist/therapist to work on cognitive behavioral techniques. Your psychiatrist is not likely to do something like this with you.

What I have found is my psychologist does not listen to me as much as she prefers stopping me when I go on a sad, depressing rant about my life. She suggests I try something and I don't bother trying it because it seems so silly. For example, she says things like "Why don't you just go out and make friends?" As simple as that sounds it is hard for me. She sort of doesn't give me the chance to get to the root of my SA even though I know what it is. Essentially, I pay her to give me advice that I do not use.
 

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Yes.

I pay a woman to listen to me ramble for 50 minutes every week. She gives me a little bit of commonsense feedback and I leave feeling absolutely pathetic. I wish she would just tell me what to do.
She is telling you what to do but it is hard to put it into practice. Everything my psychologist tells me is common sense. Things my father has told me. As simple as it sounds, I make things more complex and unattainable.
 

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I don't see one, so I don't really know. What I do know is I don't tell my friends or family much about my problems. I've found it to be a great way for me to lose friends and anger my family.
 

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She is telling you what to do but it is hard to put it into practice. Everything my psychologist tells me is common sense. Things my father has told me. As simple as it sounds, I make things more complex and unattainable.
I'm just extremely bitter. I spill my guts and she gives me nothing. I feel like I'm drowning and she just sits there nodding her head. She's my only outlet, but it's impossible for her to understand where I'm coming from. I'm so incredibly alone and unhappy, I just need her to know how I feel.
 

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Why pay a person to listen to your problems? Aren't psychiatrists far more qualified than psychologists?
This depends on where you're from.

In Australia, a psychologist is a master of psychology who is licensed to practice. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who finished their MBBS, did a internship, residency, then as a registrar decided to train to specialise in psychiatry.
Two very different paths, the medical background is why psychiatrists can prescribe meds and psychologists aren't supposed to.

Diagnostically, a psychologist is just as good if not better than a psychiatrist.

I don't pay my psychologist (university service). But I go there to talk about problems I have that I can almost totally understand on an intellectual level, however she helps me through my process of changing and getting 'better'. Honestly, my therapist hasn't actually caused any psychological "breakthrough" that you hear on TV just because I'm aware of the roots of my problems from a developmental stand-point. It's more someone to bounce ideas off of.
 

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Even if you have family and friends, it doesn't follow that they will be prepared to listen to your problems. Mine certainly aren't.
I agree. And I've talked a lot about my problems with family, but there's only so much a family member wants to hear about problems. Even the caring, concerned ones will get tired of hearing about it eventually.
 
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Perhaps, to some extent yes, or who's family and friends are insufficient in listening to their problems and offering sensible support/advice. As to whether or not psychiatrists are any better than psychologists, that I disagree with after recently gaining some much needed insight in to the field, and reflecting on how useful they have been in my life.
 

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Most Psychiatrist I know working in the Mental Health field were just pill pushers and Psychologist do a lot of listening and giving advice. But if you have MI then you probably need a Psychiatrist along with a Psychologist.
 

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Two things a psychologist has over any family member or friend are objectivity, and actual knowledge of psychological disorders. They've studied it for a large chunk of their life and know what needs to be done to get better.

As to which is better, I think psychiatrists are better for acute distress, such as interrupting a severe depressive episode or panic attacks. But long term, the nature of the brain is to adapt to any induced chemical imbalance, such as taking benzos or stimulants, even antidepressants, that work pretty well short to medium term. Long term the way is really to make the best of your biological lot with psychological guidance, if you ask me. As a former pill man. But once drug tolerance is fully reversed by science, load me up with them pills, man. I'd happily live on Kpin and Dexedrine forever if it were an option.
 

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Most Psychiatrist I know working in the Mental Health field were just pill pushers and Psychologist do a lot of listening and giving advice. But if you have MI then you probably need a Psychiatrist along with a Psychologist.
Yeah, I don't think psychiatrists do talk therapy anymore. They charge much more than psychologists so the insurance companies won't pay for it. There was an article on this in the nytimes recently.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/health/policy/06doctors.html?pagewanted=all
 
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