A psychologist treats a patient through psychotherapy, helping to relieve symptoms through behavioral change. The role of the psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor, focuses more on prescribing medication and other interventions to manage mental health conditions.

Fast facts about psychology

Psychology is the study of behavior and the mind.

There are different types of psychology, such as cognitive, forensic, social, and developmental psychology.
A person with a condition that affects their mental health may benefit from assessment and treatment with a psychologist.
A psychologist may offer treatment that focuses on behavioral adaptations.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is more likely to focus on medical management of mental health issues.