What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist or Psychologist?

Question by s2k: What’s the difference between a psychiatrist or psychologist?
What type of profession is it when the client has problems (not psychological) but just personal problems and wants to talk to them about it. I doubt its a psychiatrist because their able to prescribe medication which will most likely target mentally ill or psychological related illness. A clinical psychologist seems like someone to talk to when you have a chemical imbalance of neurotransmitters, leading to depression.

But, for myself, I just want to talk to someone about life in general (personal problems, philosophy, friends etc.) Am I supposed to talk to a therapist for that type of complication? or do I talk to a clinical psychologist? or a counselor?

When people say “get counseling,” there are juts wayy too many type of counselors (guidance, assistant, academic).

Best answer:

Answer by hobo-john
psychiatrist prescribe meds. psychologists don’t. How do I know this? Don’t ask. *sigh*

Answer by xmrw
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the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

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the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
the science of human and animal behavior.
the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; the psychology of politics.
mental ploys or strategy: He used psychology on his parents to get a larger allowance.

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