“Elderly Lady in Training” commented that she had some difficulty rating the blog. She didn’t realize that the comment which you entered had to be verified vía your email. This prevents spammers going in and making false positive or negative ratings. I missed that part too. So I went back and checked. Sure enough, this is what it says: Your e-mail address is used only for verification purposes only and will not be sold, or shown publicly.
The more I think about it, I like the idea of verification. You’d be surprised to know that since I started the blog, there have been 1752 spammers trying to make comments about the blog. 95% of them either take you to an XXX rated site using foul sexually explicit language or trying to sell things such as Viagra, etc. I almost approved one of the XXX comments last week. To think that you would have seen that on the blog………Lord have mercy!
I started working on the Boys and Sports logic puzzle. So far, so good.
One of the most popular question I have received from people during my medical career is this.
By Kendra Van Wagner, About.com
It’s an important difference to understand, whether you are a student of psychology or a consumer searching for a mental health provider. The terms “psychologist” and “psychiatrist” are often used interchangeably to describe anyone who provides therapy services. While psychologists and psychiatrists both conduct psychotherapy and research, there are significant differences between the two professions.
Education, Training, and Credentials
The simple answer is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor, while a psychologist is not. Educational background is the most obvious difference between psychiatrists and psychologists.
Psychologists receive graduate training in psychology and pursue either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in clinical or counseling psychology. Doctorate programs typically take five to seven years to complete and most states require an additional one or two year long internship in order to gain licensure. Other states require an addition year or two of supervised practice before granting full licensure.
The title of “psychologist” can only be used by an individual who has completed the above education, training, and state licensure. Informal titles such as “counselor” or “therapist” are often used as well, but other mental health care professionals such as licensed social workers can also claim these titles.
Psychiatrists are physicians to have specific training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses. Psychiatrists attend medical school and receive an M.D. After completing medical training, they complete an additional four years of residency training in mental health. In addition to this, some receive additional training in a specific area of interest such as geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, addictions and other areas.
A second important distinction between the two careers is that psychiatrists can prescribe medication, while psychologists cannot. There has been a recent push to grant prescribing powers to psychologists, with states such as New Mexico and Louisiana now allowing psychologists to write prescriptions after consulting with a psychiatrist.
Which is Better?
If you are considering a career as a therapist, you will need to determine which career path is best for you. Are you interested in conducting psychotherapy, administering psychological tests, and conducting research? If so, a career as a psychologist may be the best choice for you.
If you have an interest in medicine and want to be able to prescribe medications to your patients, a career in psychiatry might be your ideal choice. If you don’t want to invest five to eight years in graduate training, consider pursuing a career as a licensed social worker or counselor, which typically requires two or three years of graduate study. Psychiatric nursing is another great career option for students interested in medicine. Advanced Psychiatric Nurses hold a Master’s degree or higher in psychiatric-mental health nursing and are able to assess patients, diagnose disorders, provide psychotherapy and prescribe medications.
Fettucine Alfredo is macaroni and cheese for adults.