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Types of Mental Health Providers
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Physician (non-psychiatrists): Primarily trained and experienced in treating medical conditions, some physicians have training in treating mild mental problems as well. Your physician will be able to recommend a mental health specialist if your symptoms require it.

Psychiatrist: Psychiatrists are medical providers with specialization in the treatment of psychiatric illness. Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medication as part of a treatment program.

Psychologists: A psychologist has a master’s or doctoral degree and is an expert in psychology, with training in counseling, psychotherapy and psychological testing. Psychologists cannot prescribe medications to treat your symptoms.

Social Worker: A social worker is a specialist who provides counseling services and support. Social workers can often recognize mental illness and recommend further help.

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