FAQ -Therapists in Mental Health

The therapist is a broad term. In the perspective of Mental Health, different people of diverse backgrounds ( Counselor, Special Educators, Psychologists, Psychiatrist can be the therapist).

Often people who are providing counseling/psychotherapy are referred to as therapists in mental health. But not all who provide counseling or therapy are from the same educational and training background.

As per the law, only Psychiatrist ( Who come from a medical background -MBBS+MD/DPM ) can prescribe Psychotropic medications. They by virtue of their training are the most comprehensive therapists, as they can provide counseling, psychotherapy as well medication.

So if your therapist is a PSYCHIATRIST, he/she only legally can prescribe Psychotropic Medications.

Other therapists play a significant role in mental health care but as they are not primarily trained in medical science and deep neuro-biological aspects of the human brain and psychiatry, they do not prescribe medications.

Someone who is an expert coach of baseball may be competent for coaching baseball. but someone who wants to learn swimming if takes coaching from him, how good his intentions are, he will not be able to coach the athlete. With pseudo confidence, the swimmer may jump into the water and may drown !!

Is not it an irony?

apparently one should not do things for which he is not trained.

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