What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a counsellor?
Also, is there any difference between a doctor and psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have qualified in psychiatry. Since they have a medical degree, they can give medical prescriptions such as antidepressants. A psychiatrist may or may not use counselling and psychotherapy alongside the medicines he prescribes.
Psychologists deal with the way the mind works and can specialise in a number of areas, such as mental health and educational and occupational psychology. A psychologist is not permitted to prescribe antidepressants or any other medicines since he does not have a degree in medicine. Psychologists are more into assessments and counselling.
Both Doctors and Psychiatrists are professionals with a basic degree in medicine (MD). A psychiatrist is a professional who after completing his degree in medicine (MD), goes on to specialize in Psychiatry. Thus, Psychiatrists are also doctors. Psychiatrists mainly deal with illnesses that affect the human brain.
Doctors give prescriptions for physical illnesses, whereas Psychiatrists give prescriptions for mental illnesses (Depression, Anxiety, etc). In some cases, they may also give prescriptions for physical illnesses.< Back to Questions