Psychologists and psychiatrists play different roles; the first offers counselling and support, while the second offers medical treatment
A doctor of philosophy (PhD) or a doctor of psychology (PsyD) is the highest degree awarded to a psychologist
It’s time we talked about our mental well-being more openly and no wonder, young people are already leading that conversation on various platforms.
The pandemic has also revealed the acute shortage of mental health professionals, given that more and more people are in need of help and support than ever before.
All of this points to the fact that a career in Psychology is going to be as promising as rewarding in the coming days. If you have been thinking about it, it’s worth exploring your options and what to expect.
What is Psychology
It is the study of human behaviour and mental processes to understand how we think, act and feel.
Regarded as a ‘hub science’ (meaning that it is linked with other fields of study), Psychology has strong ties with medical science, social sciences and education.
Difference between Psychologist and Psychiatrist
- Psychologists and psychiatrists are trained differently. Students of Psychology study cognition and human behaviour, while students of Psychiatry study biology and medicine.
- During counselling, psychologists address concerns around well-being and offer support to those consulting them in leading happier, productive lives.
- Psychiatry is a specialised branch of medical science that looks into the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional and behavioural issues with medication. One needs to have an MBBS degree to be able to study Psychiatry.
- Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists cannot prescribe medication but they may refer people experiencing mental health problems to psychiatrists for medical treatment.
- A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) is the highest degree awarded to a psychologist. Because of the emphasis on research, the PhD is seen as more advantageous for a career in academics. But if one wishes to pursue a career around applied or clinical practice, then PsyD is a better option.
- Psychiatrists always have a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree, or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree (only for medical graduates in the USA).