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Whats the difference between a Psychiatrist and Psychologist

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					                 What’s the difference between a
                Psychiatrist and Psychologist?


Psychiatrist
Psychiatrists are medical practitioners who then undergo post-graduate training in
psychiatry. They are Fellows of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of
Psychiatry (FRANZCP). Treatment by Psychiatrists usually involves counselling and
prescription of medication.

Consider referrals regarding:
   ●   Depression & anxiety (mood disorders)
   ●   Stress
   ●   Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
   ●   Psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia)
   ●   Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (to exclude an underlying
       psychiatric disorder)


Psychologist
Psychologists usually complete a 3 or 4 year Bachelor of Arts
(BA) majoring in Psychology and unlike Psychiatrists, are not
registered medical practitioners. They then go on to complete a
2 year post-graduate Master of Clinical Psychology course if
they intend to diagnose and treat.

In general, psychologists assist mentally healthy people to find ways of functioning
more effectively or coping with conditions such as stress or anxiety. They address
extremes of normal psychological function, and are not permitted to prescribe
medication. Treatment usually involves counselling and teaching coping or distraction
strategies (eg. meditation), identification of conflict in the workplace, and mediation.

				
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