Psychiatry Milwaukee WI
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. It is known as the medical treatment of the soul.
Psychiatry vs Psychology
While the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry share a lot in common, there are some key differences in the education and practices associated with each path.
The state of Wisconsin requires a doctoral degree, 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and a national board exam to become a licensed psychologist. Licensing requirements vary from state to state. Psychologists can perform therapy, conduct behavioral testing, and diagnose patients. In Wisconsin, they can not prescribe medications.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors trained in behavioral healthcare and treating mental health disorders. They must graduate from medical school and complete further study called residency. They can treat patients medically and behaviorally. They can prescribe medications, order labs, and other medical tests, and offer therapy.
Which Do I Need?
Both are trained to recognize certain markers of mental illness. If medication is needed, a psychologist can refer a patient to a psychiatrist for a consultation and evaluation. If a patient is already following a medication plan, making an appointment with a psychiatrist is recommended.
If you need psychiatrist services, call now to set up an appointment.