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  •  Your definition of psychology is not quite (0+ / 0-)

    accurate. Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes (emotional and cognitive) and behavior(human and lower animal). Only a portion of Psychologists are in practice, others are professors and scientists, including neuroscientists.

    Also, you are not quite correct concerning the distinctness of mental and physical disorders:

    Mental disorders are distinct from physical disorders of the brain, such as strokes, brain trauma, brain tumors, headaches, and the like.  These physical ailments are addressed and treated by the field of neurology, not psychiatry.
    Psychiatrists do treat these "physical disorders" as they are also trainied in neurology, as in "neuropsychiatry." And so do Psychologists as neuropsychologists.

    The line between mental and physical disorders of the brain is very fuzzy as particularly in case of bipolar diisorsder among others including schizophrenia.

    "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

    by RonK on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 11:27:06 AM PDT

    •  I accept your definition of psychology (0+ / 0-)

      Your definition of psychology is fine and I am happy to accept it.

      As you point out the dichotomy between physical and mental disorders of the brain is somewhat arbitrary.  Clearly, we recognize emotional aspects of physical disorders such as stroke, and understand there are physical components of mental disorders such as schizophrenia.

      You are entirely wrong that psychiatrists treat neurological disorder such brain tumors, infections and strokes.  Psychiatrists do not have the training, expertise, and experience in dealing with such conditions.  No responsible psychiatrist who values their patient's well-being and their professional reputation would take on such illness.  

      Some psychiatrists (and some neurologists) will get training in both fields, and become qualified to assess and treat both psychiatric and neurological conditions (called "double-boarded" in doctor-speak).  

      Psychiatrists may be asked to assess and make treatment recommendations of psychiatric aspects of neurological disorders (i.e. a patient who suffers a stroke and then develops depression).  But in such cases, the psychiatrist is not making treatment recommendations with respect to the neurological condition.

      Neuropsychiatry (also called Behavioral Neurology) is a specialized area within the domain of neurology.  Doctors who claim expertise in neuropsychiatry typically undergo a period of training, in addition to their extensive training in neurology.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 04:26:25 PM PDT

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