There is a fundamental difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist…

psychiatrist is, first and foremost, a medical doctor who has an interest
and speciality in the biology and structure of the brain.

psychologist is someone who studies the processes of learning, conditioning,
personality, and doesn’t know as much about the biological processes. They
can work in many fields, from education, management, and of course “therapy”.

In some instances a
family doctor can treat brain disorders.

Where I live, people are stuck with
psychiatrists by law, in order to
substantiate a claim for welfare,
insurance, or lawsuit based on a

We have the same dependance on
psychiatrists in Australia :(.
Their usefulness is sometimes a bit  
over-rated. A good GP is often just
as effective as a psychiatrist
email - Scott to Chris
email - Chris to Scott
email - Scott to Chris
Psychologist or psychiatrist - or both?
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