A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has attended four years of medical school, one or two years of internship training, and more than three years of special training as a psychiatrist resident. The psychiatrists you see using LiveHealth Online can prescribe medication or help manage any medication you might be taking for a behavioral health condition. A therapist is a mental health professional who has at least a master's degree in that field but does not need a Ph.D. or M.D. to practice therapy. Therapists provide talk therapy and do not diagnose patients or write prescriptions. Most therapists specialize in a certain field like family therapy, Marriage counseling, occupational therapy, educational therapy, etc. If you are unsure of the type of behavioral health professional you should see, it may be best to first meet with a therapist or psychologist using LiveHealth Online Psychology. If you are in crisis or have suicidal thoughts, it’s important that you seek help immediately. Please call 1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) or 911 and ask for help. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. LiveHealth Online does not offer emergency services.
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