Leon C Pereira PhD
Clinical & Behavioral Psychologist
45-955 Kamehamema Hwy, Suite 401
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744
What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologist?
The psychiatrist gets paid more! [That's a joke I tell my students.]
A Psychiatrist is a professional who has had medical training. Psychiatrists prescribe medication; some also provide psychotherapy. A Clinical Psychologist has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and provides psychotherapy. Additionally, Clinical Psychologists may conduct psychological testing. Both psychiatrists and psychologists may provide diagnostic evaluation reports. In Hawaii, Psychologists do not prescribe medication.
Psychotherapy may be sufficient to help you with your problems. Medication may or may not be effective or sufficient for you. Sometimes, a combination of medication and psychotherapy is the most effective treatment. If you are being treated by a psychiatrist and are not receiving therapy but feel you need it ask if he or she provides therapy. If not, ask for a referral to a psychologist. Likewise, if you are being treated by a psychologist but find that you are not getting sufficient relief from some symptoms (such as, depressed mood or anxiety), or may otherwise need medication, ask your psychologist for a referral to a psychiatrist.
You do not need to stop therapy when you start medication. Medication may provide relief from symptoms but it cannot resolve issues that affect your life or teach you coping skills and adaptive behaviors. Therapy can.
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