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Psychology is a science that studies mental activity and behavior, then compares the two. A Psychologist is a person that is professionally trained and licensed to study the mind and behavior.
Unlike a Psychiatrist, the psychologist is not a medical doctor nor have they completed medical school.
A Psychologist has a Ph.D. or PsyD, which means a doctoral degree in Psychology. A Ph.D. can be thought of as educational focuses unlike MD is medical focused.
A Psychologist can be thought of as a highly educated individual that specializes in psychology or study of the mind. They are trained to use psychological knowledge and research to solve mental problems. They treat a wide range of long and short term problems.
Short term problems such as episodes of anger, depression, and stress. Long term problems such as constant depression, anxiety, and addiction.
Psychologists are trained to administer and interpret various assessments and tests in order to help someone cope with life’s issues and mental health issues.
These tests help the psychologist to evaluate the mental health of the individual. These tests involve evaluating cognitive (thinking, reasoning), intellectual (understanding), personality (nature, disposition), and vocational (function) abilities.
A psychologist can offer a variety of psychological treatments for a variety of problems. Some common treatments are behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, sad psychodynamic therapy to name a few.