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Getting the Details Right in Your Novel: Psychologist vs. Psychiatrist

Although both professions study and treat people with psychological and behavioral issues, there are big distinctions between psychologists and psychiatrists. Fortunately, you don’t need to feign emotional trauma and lie on a couch for hours to get it right in your work. Here’s a breakdown.

Although both professions study and treat people with psychological and behavioral issues, there are big distinctions between psychologists and psychiatrists. Fortunately, you don’t need to feign emotional trauma and lie on a couch for hours to get it right in your work. (And if your professional falls in a horror or paranormal story, you'll want to check out this collection of resources at a highly discounted price.) Without further ado, here’s a breakdown.

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