Definition of Psychology, clinical

Psychology, clinical: A professional specialty concerned with diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, emotional disturbance, and behavior problems.

Psychologists can only use talk therapy as treatment; you must see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor to be treated with medication. Psychologists may have a master's degree (MA) or doctorate (PhD) in psychology. They may also have other qualifications, including Board certification and additional training in a type of therapy.


Last Editorial Review: 10/9/2012

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