Schizophrenia: Choosing a Doctor and Therapist

Psychiatrists

These doctors diagnose and specialize in the treatment of schizophrenia and other mental, emotional, or behavioral problems. They can prescribe medications and do “talk therapy.”

Psychologists

They can’t prescribe medicine in most states. Psychiatrists and psychologists often work hand-in-hand and treat many of the same conditions.

Psychologists can also give someone tests to see how well they’re able to handle normal daily life.

You may want to look for a psychologist who does cognitive rehabilitation, remediation, or enhancement. This type of therapy teaches them how to communicate their own needs and show that they understand the needs of others.

Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)

These professionals are trained to provide professional counseling for psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. They can specialize in areas such as marital and family counseling, relaxation therapy, stress management, and sex therapy.

Because LCSWs and LPCs are not medical doctors, they can’t prescribe medications.

Primary Care Doctors

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