What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

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Asking for help is hard; let alone, it is another route to admit that you may or may not have something to go seek professional help on.

Many people in the world go to therapy for different reasons, such as grief, mental health disorders, stress, and relationships, including seniors as many of our in-home care patients do here at A-1 Home Care. There is nothing wrong for going and trying to work through something. However, sometimes, many people sometimes get a psychiatrist mixed up with the job tasks of what a psychologist does or vice versa. Hopefully, this clears some things up:

A psychiatrist and psychologist do share similar tasks such as scheduling and setting up appointments with a patient/client. However, a psychologist is someone who can also be referred to as a therapist or a counselor because their job is to treat a patient through psychotherapy, focusing on the mental aspect and what can be done without medicine. A psychiatrist is more of a medical doctor who can treat their patients through psychotherapy, but unlike a psychologist they can prescribe medicine to their patients.

Whoever one decides to make an appointment with, just know that there is nothing wrong in going to see a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Never be afraid to ask for help. Avoid the negativity and, unfortunately, stigmas that revolve around both of them.

If you would like to consult with one of our A-1 Home Care agencies, then you can call us at 562-929-8400 or reach out branch in Westwood 310-657-8780. Our caregivers have worked with many seniors who do see a psychologist or a psychiatrist. for many reasons. You can trust us! With our twenty-four hour in-home care, our caretakers can also assist with their patients and how to maintain a stability of a healthy lifestyle.

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