Psychology vs. Psychiatry
English Composition 121
December 8, 2009
Psychology vs. Psychiatry 2
Psychology and Psychiatry are two areas that can be easily confused to the uneducated person. There is a main point that separates the two and that is the fact that Psychiatry is more along the medical field, being that Psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication. In the Psychology field, they are unable to prescribe medication unless they confer with other doctors, including a Psychiatrist, first. There are also other similarities and differences as you will read about below.
Psychology is an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behavior. It is used to understand and explain thought, emotion, and behavior. There are different areas of psychology that include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics, along with other areas that affect a person’s health and daily life.
There are two major areas of focus within psychology, and those are academic and applied psychology. The academic psychology is the study of different topics within psychology, which includes personality psychology, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Where as applied psychology uses different psychological principles for solving problems. These include forensic psychology, ergonomic psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology. The remainder of the psychologist for the most part, choose to be therapists; helping people overcome mental, behavior, and emotional disorders. (about.com; “What is Psychology?” by Kendra Van Wagner)
Psychiatry it the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. It combines biological, psychological, and social areas of mental health to give medical care for the different