Do note that the disorders being treated by professional clinical psychologists and psychiatrists alike do or should have a few distinct differences. The psychiatric disorders houston medical practitioners in general would refer their patients to would generally be regarded as serious or critical. But let it be known to all and sundry that referred or suspected psychological disorders are no less serious. This short medical journal can only highlight a couple of salient examples to provide interested and/or concerned readers a clearer impression.
In the case of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, it is quite possible that a patient could be seeing either a psychiatrist or a psychologist. It all depends on the severity of the patient’s illness, the complexities thereof, as well as the behavioral patterns expressed.
In the case of severe depression, for which there is no cure, and in which case the patient may have entertained notions of suicide, it is best for the patient to be seeing a psychiatrist. It is usual for such a patient to be booked in as an inpatient.
One of the most complex and misunderstood mental illnesses is that of schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder. It goes without saying that a patient showing symptoms of this disease needs to be seeing a psychiatrist. This psychiatrist is usually a specialist in the field. There is usually no cure for this disease but only carefully monitored treatment.
But in cases where gender dysphoria is suspected, the patient will be seeing a specialist clinical psychologist to receive his or her full evaluations and subsequent treatment, should the diagnosis be positive. This presiding psychologist also needs to provide the formal confirmation that allows the affected patient to legally and medically transition in accordance with his or her gender path.