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Psychiatry | Psychiatrists | Psychologists

A psychiatrist or the one you always refer to as a 'shrink' is one who specializes in the treatment of mental illnesses/disorders.

A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry. Some psychiatrists do practise psychotherapy (non-drug treatment of mental disorders) but a psychologist is not a medical doctor and normally does not prescribe any form of medication.


Psychology can be taken as a degree course whereas 'Psychiatry' is a post-graduate course for medical doctors.

Saying that someone is 'mental' has a lot of sensitive implications. No one or anyone for that matter, likes to be called a psychopath, mentally unstable, a "psycho" or a "mental case".

But hey! Let's have some compassion and look at reality. A crazy person is not necessarily someone who is lacking in knowledge or someone with a low IQ.

Just to ease things off, you can just as well take in this little piece of fact. Well, most of us have been ment…


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