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Psychiatry vs. psychology

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  • Psychiatry is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Psychology is the science of mind and behavior. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor. Psychologists may work with patients in a variety of therapeutic contexts, but they generally can’t prescribe medication (at least in the U.S.).

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    The board suspended the doctor from practicing psychiatry and ordered him to take a medical ethics class. [WCTV.tv]

    In one remarkable passage, Hillenbrand delves into the psychology of revenge. [Guardian]

    The psychiatrist recommended that Solanki, who knew little about SAD at the time of his diagnosis, begin using an antidepressant drug. [Reading Eagle]

    But one university psychologist has warned this is wreaking havoc with our self-image and undermining our sense of self-worth. [Daily Mail]

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