The subject of mental health and well-being is truly interesting. Our minds work in wondrous ways and to work in this profession is simply fantastic. When talking about the human mind and brain, there are many different terms and phrases we use. The technical jargon used can often become confusing and we can spend so much time just trying to decipher what is written or being spoken about. Two terms that are often mixed up or used incorrectly are Psychology and Psychiatry. This article looks at what each term means, and how they differ:
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the study of how people think, react, act and interact. It is a study of people. Psychology is concerned with human behaviour patterns, thought processes and feelings. When analysing a person’s psychology we can look at a number of different factors and look at why they act and behave in certain ways.
Another main factor of psychology is that it is first concerned with how our mind works in a normal way. It looks at how our mind should operate – how we learn, how we love, how we use our memories. A psychologist can specialize in a number of different areas such as occupational psychology and or counselling.
What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the study of actual mental health problems. Furthermore, psychiatry looks at diagnosis, prevention and management of mental health problems. Psychiatry looks at when our brain and mind doesn’t work in a normal way. It looks at a myriad of mental health problems such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and OCD.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who treats mental health issues. Psychiatrists have studied mental health disorders and have deep insight into why these conditions arise, and how to treat them.
Hopefully you should now have a clear understanding of what each term specifically means! You can now use these terms in conversation and amaze people with your knowledge. Remember – Psychology is the study of how people think, and Psychiatry is the study of mental health problems.