Our expert says:
jcat, typically, is well informed and thorough here ! Much is acually up to the individual and their choice of training and practice options. GOod training in psychotherapies isn't always easy to get, but an enterprizing psychiatrist can take such training and offer such treatments in addition to medications ; a psychologist is obviously more likely to take such training, as he/she CAN'T offer medication options. Psychiatrists may also use most psych tests, at least those that are widely effective. Some of the classic psychological tests are acrtually neither especially valid or useful. There is nothing to limit a psychiatrist from adding any or all of the training options and treatment options a psychologist has.
I share your feelings, and that is whay I personally chose Psychiatry --- I wanted to be a "real" doctor able to udnerstand the complexities of physical illness as well as psych illnesses ; and didn't think a body stopped being interesting either above or below the neck !
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