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Psychiatrist vs Psychologist [?]

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Started: 8/25/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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BlurtItOUT

Pro

OK, Psychiatrist is the one who's specializing in diagnosis and treatment for mental illness. Meanwhile, Psychologist deals with diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems. Which is, both of them deals with people who has mental illnesses. But, what is the BIG difference? And, which is better?

For me, I guess I'll go for Psychologist.

Pick any of the two, defend your answer. Gracias! xo
tuxagon

Con

Psychologists and psychiatrists are both very useful and even could be interchangeable (to an extent); however, there is a clear dividing line when it comes to usefulness. A psychologist researches and studies, while a psychiatrist treats patients. Psychologists look to the future in the field of psychology while the psychiatrist stays in the present, helping people who are suffering mentally or emotionally. It might seem that the psychologist is better because he precedes the psychiatrist in understanding, but it is the psychiatrist who stops to sit and help. Both can study the field of psychology; however, one chooses to forego his desires to expand the field of psychology and help men and women whom are suffering now: the psychiatrist.
Debate Round No. 1
BlurtItOUT

Pro

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tuxagon

Con

My argument still stands.
Debate Round No. 2
BlurtItOUT

Pro

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tuxagon

Con

My argument still stands.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
Though BlurtItOUT won't have a choice.
If BlurtItOUT goes to a psychologist and is deemed by that psychologist as needing medication, the psychologist will hand BlurtItOUT over to a Psychiatrist.
Where if a psychiatrist considers BlurtItOUT, still needs behavioral therapy to assist the medication, then the psychiatrist will hand BlurtItOUT back to the psychologist to continue therapy while taking the medication prescribed by the psychiatrist.

BlurtItOUT really has no choice in the matter.
It entirely depends on the diagnosed condition.
Posted by Sagey 2 years ago
Sagey
True, a psychologist may diagnose a mental disorder that needs medication, in which case the psychologist would refer the patient to a psychiatrist to handle the medication side.
They work together as a team.
I cannot see why anybody would separate them as being good or bad.
Both have their specific scope.
Some psychologists may go on and do a psychiatry degree and thus be able to use both Cognitive Therapies (psychology) and prescribe medication (psychiatry).
Though psychiatry requires a higher level of Chemistry (brain and medicine) knowledge than the psychologist.
Where psychology requires a higher level of behavioral and cognitive treatment techniques than the psychiatrist.
That is where the difference lies.
Both are necessary.
These days the entire medical field work together as a team.
If you have a psychosis.
Your Medical Doctor will communicate with your psychologist who in turn gets advice from your psychiatrist and physiotherapist if you have one, also the nursing staff if you attend hospital for any purpose will be monitoring your progress and feeding information back to all those who have an interest in your condition.
It's all about treating the whole person.
Mental conditions so often present physical symptoms, such as severe stress weakens the immune system and people under such stress tend to have more illness, so the psychologist and psychiatrist will be working together to alleviate your stress levels so you can recover from your physical illness.
That's how medical treatment should be.
Not playing one profession against the other in some sort of fallacious contention of one being better than the other.
Posted by InnovativeEphemera 2 years ago
InnovativeEphemera
A psychiatrist has a degree in Medecine and can prescribe medication. As a result, psychiatrists almost ubiquitously practice within the framework of the Medical Model (i.e. Diagnoses, symptoms, discrete categorical allocations, physical and structural processes).

In contrast, a psychologist has typically done training in a field of psychology, such has clinical, political, organisational/industrial, forensic, cognitive, personality or research psychology. The mainstream approach to clinical psychology is currently Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), although there have been three (arguably more) 'forces' of psychology which have all made contributions to the development of this relatively fledgling field of inquiry (psychoanalysis, behaviourism and humanism are the traditional three). Psychologists very rarely applied the medical model except arguably behaviourists who attempted to keep psychology in the light of observable, empirical, testable phenomena as opposed to abstract concepts like 'thoughts', 'emotions' and the 'self', which are by nature esoteric. However, it was recognised that while one can not empirically validate 'emotions', 'thoughts', 'memories' and 'feelings', they obviously play an important role in the human condition, so a compromise had to be struck to study the effects and subjective experiences of these constructs as opposed to actually measuring them (you can't see 'motivation', for example). With that being said, the DSM is taking on a more medical-model approach due to persistent criticism.

They have different jobs, do different things and have been trained in different ways. One is good for one thing and the other is good for other things. It's not really a contest because they're not really doing the same job.
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Vote Placed by Sagey 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: I think Pro realized the Error of his debate, thus forfeited. Con had Pro over a barrel as both professionals are necessary and work together. There is no contention, though a Conduct point for making such a silly topic and then forfeiting.
Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: How unfortunate that Pro chose to waste Con's time. Conduct for the forfeits, arguments for the lack of response to Con's points.