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Re: Psychopharmacologists

Posted by Questionmark on May 28, 2004, at 16:39:49

In reply to Re: Psychopharmacologists, posted by cybercafe on May 26, 2004, at 1:48:00

> > As far as i know, a clinical psychopharmacologist prescribes medications to patients; a research psychopharmacologist, well, does research-- focusing more on the neurochemical mechanisms by which a certain drug exerts its effects, and less on the actual behavioral effects of a drug (i think). Or they test drugs in trials and studies. i believe they also might develop drugs for drug companies or what have you.
> > Hope this helps a tad.
> >
> really?? i have never heard of patients seeing psychopharmacologists

Yes-- i'm 99% sure.

> ... do they have the same ability to diagnose and perscribe as doctors themselves?

Hmm, i'm not quite sure, but i believe so. Yeah, i'm pretty sure.

> this will be a tough choice, but i really appreciate the info... it's nice to know i can make a difference even if i can't tolerate the yuckiness of med school

Heh. Yeah, i bet. i'm glad i could help. You might want to check it out further though-- i'm not positive if psychopharmacologists have all the same freedoms (or whatever) as psychiatrists do. Also, i'm referring to the U.S. i don't know about any other countries.
Good luck with your goals and endeavors. And don't forget where you came from! Remember your own depression when you're treating others someday. Take care.




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