A new study finds that there is no difference between psychiatrists and psychologists, but there are many differences.
“There is no such thing as a ‘purely mental’ psychiatrist,” the study authors write.
“In the vast majority of cases, the psychiatrist is a licensed psychologist and has an appropriate education and training.”
In fact, the study found that the average psychiatrist earns about $100,000 per year, compared to the $75,000 of psychologists.
According to the study, psychiatrists are not necessarily the best choices for most people.
It said that psychiatrists have higher rates of depression, anxiety and panic disorder, and a lower overall quality of life than psychologists.
In addition, the researchers said, there is evidence that psychiatrists are less likely to treat patients with mental illnesses, and that they may not have the experience or training to prescribe medication for mental health conditions.
“The data shows that psychiatrists and their practices are not universally accepted, and are not treated as the best option,” said lead author Daniel M. Breslin, MD, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“The only way to be accepted as a psychiatrist is to be a licensed and credentialed psychiatrist, and most psychiatrists will not do that.”
While the researchers say they were interested in studying the mental health care landscape in the U.S., they are also concerned about the health care industry in general.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health.
It was funded by the National Institutes of Health.