What is the difference between Psychology and Psychiatry?

Question by the guy: What is the difference between Psychology and Psychiatry?
I’m interested about psychology. I bought a book today about Psychiatry mistakenly for a Psychology book.

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Answer by rpg
Psychiatry is a medical subspecialty. You have to have an MD first in order to become a psychiatrist. It looks at issues of mental health from a medical perspective.

Psychology is a social science; it looks at issues of mental health more from a perspective of personal history/experience, social experience, etc.

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  1. Angelus H said,

    Wrote on August 9, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    Psychiatry is about diagnosing and treating mental disorders (such as personality disorders, etc.) . It requires medical training and whatnot, and you prescribe medicine to your patients.

    Psychiatrists are like doctors for the mind.

    Psychology is more about the human mind. Psychologists are the people you go to when you need someone to talk to. To help work through problems. They don’t treat you for mental disorders.

    Psychology also deals with studying the human mind, and experiments, evaluations, etc. Not treating it necessarily.

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