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The department of psychiatry at Vivekananda Hospital render expert care to adults, teenagers, children with emotional, addictive, behavioural and mental disorders. We aspire to improve the emotional and psychological well-being of the patients by proper psychiatric assessment with the help of history, dialogue and examination. 


Our experts perform comprehensive evaluations and diagnosis based on standard diagnostic manuals which include ICD-IO and DSHS, to offer customised plan based on the individual needs of the patient that might include the patient, family and the community.


We aim at promoting hope and trust among the patient and family by psychiatric management and monitoring with pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy, in some cases combination of both, with utmost care, compassion, dignity and respect.


Psychiatry & Psychology

Psychology is the experimental study of the human mind and behavior, to put it another way. Psychologists are people who research how people think, react and feel in diverse social situations. They know everything there is to know about human behavior.

On the other hand, psychiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on treating mental illness, emotional problems, and abnormal behavior. Psychiatrists diagnose mental diseases and prescribe drugs based on biological, neurological, and biochemical abnormalities.

Psychology and psychiatry are important professions for researching and creating treatments to improve people’s mental and emotional health. 


Psychologists and Psychiatrists: What’s the Difference?

The two have significant contrasts in various areas, including their approaches, fields of work, and educational paths. They are not the same item, contrary to popular belief. Psychiatrists are medical professionals, as I already stated. While psychologists specialize in treating mental illnesses, they are not limited to it.

Here are some of the ways they differ:


  1. Psychiatrists use drugs to treat mental illnesses; psychologists use therapy.

The most significant distinction between the two is their approach to treating mental illnesses.

In their treatment, a Psychiatrist prioritizes drugs. They develop a treatment course plan for the patient after the diagnosis is made, focusing on symptom management through drugs and psychotherapy. At the same time, Psychologists may be trained in psychotherapies such as psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and others. The job of therapies is typically handled by Psychologists in a conventional mental health care context.

Psychologists use various therapy to help their patients control their symptoms and cope with their life challenges. They might utilize Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Gestalt Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, and other therapies. They can also do psychometric tests, which assess a person’s mental state and personal characteristics to decide the best course of action for the patient.


  1. Psychiatrists specialize in mental illnesses. It is only one branch of psychology for psychologists.

Psychiatrists work primarily in healthcare settings such as hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice. They specialize in mental health within medicine, and their practice is solely focused on that. Psychiatrists might specialize in forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, clinical neurophysiology, pain management, sleep medicine, and brain injury medicine.

However, because psychology is studying the human mind and behavior, it may be applied to almost every discipline, including mental health. Counseling psychology, child psychology, sports psychology, cognitive psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology, and other sub-fields of psychology are all covered by the term “psychologist.” Graduates of psychology can specialize in any of these areas, depending on their interests. As a result, psychologists don’t usually deal with mental illnesses.


  1. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, whereas psychologists do not.

Psychiatrists are medical practitioners who have the legal authority to prescribe drugs to patients. Even while counseling can assist, many diseases such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

They use psychological exams to diagnose people and then use treatment to treat them. Psychologists send patients to Psychiatrists in severe circumstances where medication may be helpful.


  1. A medical degree is required for psychiatry. Psychology demands a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the subject.

A Psychiatrist is a doctor who has specialized in psychiatry. To become a Psychiatrist, you must first earn an MBBS and then an M.D. in Psychiatry. As a result, a total of 7.5 years of study is necessary (5.5 years of MBBS + 2 years of M.D.).


  1. Psychiatrists deal with more complex psychological problems, while psychologists are more concerned with behavioural and developmental concerns.

Psychiatrists are trained to help persons with severe depression, psychotic behavior, severe anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, and other complex medical and psychological diseases.

Adjustment challenges, learning difficulties, mild depression, and anxiety, are more likely to see psychologists.


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