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Psychiatrist Expert Witness vs Psychologist Expert 

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?


Many people are unsure of the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. The prefix “psych” comes from the ancient Greek psykhe, via the Latin psyche, which has evolved to mean mind.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Although some psychiatrists use talking therapies as part of their practice, they are in a minority in the UK. Psychiatrists more commonly use psychotropic medication when treating mental disorders, but psychiatrists will often make referrals to psychologists, psychotherapists and talking therapists when psychological therapy or talking therapy is required. Although prescribing is one role that sets psychiatrists aside from psychologists, it is not the only distinction. Whilst some psychologists, and usually clinical psychologists, diagnose, diagnosis is another function which is most often fulfilled by psychiatrists.


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