Learning the Difference Between Psychology vs. Psychiatry

Marie Miguel
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Psychology vs. psychiatry 

Psychology is the study of the way human beings behave. Human behavior is a peculiar thing. To define psychology, it is the science of human behavior and how the mind works. It’s something we’re learning more and more about every day. When research is performed in the field of psychology, the factors can include biology, environment, and so on. It considers where you were born and who you were born to, where you raised, what happened to you while growing up, and more, which all come together to determine how you behave as a human being. There are practical uses for psychology. For example, when detectives try to solve crimes, they use psychology to get in the criminal’s head. Psychology can be used on a day-to-day basis as well: it’s about the way that we interact with one another. Psychiatry is the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness using psychotropic medications. Psychiatrists recognize mental illness, and are medical doctors trained to treat it with medicine. In this article we’re going to learn the difference between psychology vs. psychiatry

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Psychology and mental health 

Clinical psychology involves how we understand the mood and cognitive function. It affects neuroplasticity, meaning that the brain can change over time depending on what happens to you and the thought patterns you work to develop. It’s a very complex entity. Developmental psychology is about how we change from childhood to adulthood. It’s about how we learn a language and how we come to understand the world.

What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness and mental disorders. It’s about analyzing how the mind works and how to treat psychiatric disorders. Psychiatry is different from psychology in that it’s going to focus on abnormal psychology specifically. If you’re a psychiatrist, you can prescribe medication to treat mental disorders. 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors

A psychiatrist goes to medical school and studies the brain and how medications affect the brain. They research something called “abnormal psychology,” which allows them to help people struggling with mental illness and the symptoms of mental disorders. They use this information to prescribe medication to people living with these issues to help people function in their day-to-day lives.

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What can a psychiatrist help people do?

A psychiatrist help people in crisis if they have suicidal thoughts or ideation. They can help people who are adjusting to a significant change in their life such as a death or a divorce. They can also help people who have thoughts that they don’t understand, those who can’t concentrate, those who have outbursts, or people who have hallucinations and are detached from reality. These are only a small number of the things that a psychiatrist can help manage. They are well-versed in psychiatric medication and help people get the care that they need. Whether a person is struggling with panic attacks or a personality disorder, a psychiatrist can both diagnose and treat their condition. 

Online therapy, psychology, and psychiatry

You might consider working with an online therapist if you’re looking to better your mental health. You can see an online counselor individually or with your partner. Online therapy is convenient, and you can access it from the privacy of your own home or wherever you have a reliable internet connection. There are also online psychiatrists, which means that you can meet with a psychiatrist online for medication management. It’s completely confidential and allows you to manage your mental health on your terms using the internet, which is incredible. If you’re struggling with mental illness or mental health issues, don’t be afraid to try online therapy. Psychology and psychiatry work together, and you can get help in the best way if you integrate the two in a way that suits you. 

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