Psychiatrists are doctors who go to medical school and can prescribe medications for conditions such as anxiety or depression. A physician assistant (also known as an associate physician) is a mid-level healthcare provider. They have not received as much education as a doctor, but they are still able to perform many of the same tasks, such as diagnosing diseases, developing treatment plans, and prescribing medications. To become a medical assistant, a person must earn a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and accumulate at least 1,000 hours of practical experience.
Then, they must graduate from a physician assistant program and pass the national physician assistant certification exam. A psychiatric nurse practitioner (also known as a psychiatric nurse) must obtain a master's degree or doctorate in nursing with an emphasis in psychiatry. Psychiatric nurse practitioners can provide evaluations, diagnose mental health medical conditions, and provide therapy. In many states, they may also prescribe and monitor medications.
If a person thinks he needs medication for mental health, he should seek care. They may seek care from a primary care physician, psychiatrist, physician assistant, or psychiatric nurse. A psychiatrist is a doctor with additional training in mental health who may choose to prescribe medications. Some use psychotherapy approaches (“talk therapies”), such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, to treat mental health problems.
Many psychiatrists work in hospitals, clinics or health centers, and some have a private practice. Since they are specialist doctors, you will almost always need a referral from another doctor to see a psychiatrist, and MSP covers the fees. If you have a valid BC Services or CareCard, you don't need to pay to see a psychiatrist. Clinical psychologists can perform psychological tests, diagnose mental disorders, and administer therapy.
In general, they cannot prescribe medication. Although there are some exceptions; in three states, “properly trained psychologists may receive statute of limitations.