To understand the differences of a psychiatrist and a psychologist, you have to break them down.
What do they have in common?
They both start with psych. Psych is psychology, especially as a course or field of study and psychology is
- suffix meaning “one who treats or a physician”
- Combining forms denoting a specialist in a given field of medicine.
- suffix [in nouns] a person who studies or has knowledge of a particular kind of science
A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. A psychologist is a professional who evaluates and studies behavior and mental processes.
Spot their difference?
A psychologist studies and evaluates mental states and situations while a psychiatrist gives diagnosis and can give out medicine. Both deal in the same field of study but psychiatrists can give out medicine.