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Psychiatry vs. Psychotherapy: What’s the Difference?

Psychology is the study of the mind, its functions, emotions, and behaviors. A psychologist studies a person’s actions and reactions to certain social situations and factors. Regarding treatment, they rely on creating behavioral changes through psychotherapy or talk therapy.  

Psychiatrists also understand the importance of psychotherapy and can use this form of treatment to help a client, however they are more focused on diagnosing and treating mental health disorders with medication. It is less common for a psychiatrist to practice psychotherapy. 

When determining what kind of mental health care professional might be best for you, there are a number of things to consider. For example, if you feel like you may be suffering from a serious mental health disorder such as treatment-resistant depression, or PTSD, you may benefit from medication and will need to see a psychiatrist.  

Psychotherapy can be a great place to start in your mental health journey. You can learn different tools that might help you work through anxiety, stress, as well as past trauma. If you feel like talk therapy is not enough, your therapist can recommend a psychiatrist to prescribe you medication.  


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Taylor Carter is a dynamic Senior Marketing Manager with a passion for crafting compelling narratives and driving impactful campaigns. She has been an integral part of the Hopemark Health team for the past two years. By combining industry insights and medical facts with a deep understanding of the patient experience, Taylor continuously seeks to uplift and empower individuals on their journey to well-being.

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