It’s one of the most common questions. How would you answer it in simple terms? Don’t Google it, that’s cheating!
I think I would say something like this:
Psychology is the study of thought patterns and the way we think and see things. It looks at the way we process experiences, interpret information, and the mental framework through which we perceive the world around us.
Psychiatry is the study of behavioral medicine and the physiological expression of our mental health. It evaluates healthy brain functioning by looking at patterns in our physical health and its effect on how we act, sleep, and eat.
Does that sound about right? How would you describe the difference? What would you add or remove?
Chris Lee PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at DreamCloud Psychiatry in Miami Beach.