Difference Between Psychology And Psychiatry


Difference Between Psychology And Psychiatry  

Both Psychology and Psychiatry is the branch of medical science that deals with the study of the mental health and helps the patient to recover from the mental illness like depression. Even though, both the term has the word psyche in its nomenclature and deals with the mental health, there are differences in the nomenclature and the function.

The word psyche means mind. The suffix ‘-iarty’ in psychiatry derived from the Greek word ‘iatros’ which means healing, treatment and physician. The suffix ‘-ology’ is also derived from the Greek word meaning study of science. The other difference between the two terms is the direction of the training.

After the completion of four year course of medicine, the physician must complete psychiatry medical residency in the hospital or in the clinic. Once the four year course of psychiatry is over, the Psychiatrist will be given the license to practice psychiatry. The psychiatrist address the mental related disorders more with the medication and less with the psychotherapy whereas the Psychologist address the mental illness more with the psychotherapy and less with the medications. Psychologist cannot prescribe most of the pharmaceutical treatment to the patients with mental illness.

Basically, the psychiatrist has more power to prescribe the medication than the psychologist. Psychiatrists tend to earn more income than the psychologist, as the patients recover at the faster due to the effects of pharmaceutical treatment that is given to the patients. Sometimes, the psychologists can prescribe the medication to the patients after the consultation with the psychiatrist.

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