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Are psychologists trained to treat schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Some psychologists are trained to help treat people with schizophrenia. Clinical psychologists are trained to treat people who have problems with their feelings, behavior, and thinking patterns, such as those that occur with schizophrenia. Clinical psychologists may also be referred to as psychotherapists. Clinical psychologists can be an important part of the treatment team for individuals with schizophrenia. Typically a psychologist completes a doctorate in psychology and holds a Psy.D. or Ph.D. degree. On occasion, master's level psychologists can also provide therapy for people with schizophrenia. There are only two states that allow psychologists to administer medications, however. These states are Louisiana and New Mexico.

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