Psychologist and Psychiatrist… There’s A Difference.

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 the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.

So now we know that both fields of study deal with the science of the mind or of mental states and processes, now, we break down their suffixes. 

-iatrist,

  1. suffix meaning “one who treats or a physician”
  2. Combining forms denoting a specialist in a given field of medicine.

ologist,

  1. 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.

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