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What's the difference between Psychiatry and Psychology?

Psychiatry is a subfield of medicine. Psychiatrists must have a doctorate in a medical field (M.D. or O.D.) and extensive training in the application of medical sciences to psychiatric disturbances. Psychiatrists can thus prescribe medication and administer other medical interventions. Clinical and Counseling psychologists are also trained at the doctoral level, but not in medicine. Licensed Psychologists use psychological methods - such as individual and group therapy - to treat individuals with psychological problems or to help individuals pursue self-understanding.



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