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is neuropsychiatry ?
neuropsychiatry is NOT neuropsychology.
This is a frequent misunderstanding.
Neuropsychology is an academic field of psychology involving
the study and use of testing methods (questionnaires, one on one
testing, etc), also called 'psychometrics,' focused on brain
functions, such as language, visual motor coordination, and memory. Clinical
neuropsychologists usually work with children or adults in clinic or
hospital settings; School neuropsychologists work with children and
adolescents in school or other academic settings.
Neuropsychologists are NOT MDs. They are NOT medical doctors
with medical training and can thus, NOT prescribe medications, and
in most states, they cannot testify about the causation of illnesses
They usually have PhDs, PsyDs, or DEds; these are all
doctorates in academic areas of behavioral science, NOT medicine.
is the medical subspecialty combining knowledge and methods from
psychiatry and neurology for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases
or disorders in the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nervous system.
Neuropsychiatrists are, first, MD medical doctors, who are
also neurobiologically oriented psychiatrists who have additional
extensive training in internal medicine and neurology.
They are board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology, and may have other related board certifications in
areas such as brain trauma medicine, neurophysiology, or pain
might use medications, injections, electrotherapies, and behavioral
interventions, such as behavior therapy, to treat the disorders they
Neuropsychiatrists sometimes work with Neuropsychologists and
psychometric testing and Neuro-imaging, respectively.
Some Neuropsychiatrists with the appropriate training
perform their own psychometric testing and imaging.
conditions that are diagnosed and treated by Neuropsychiatrists include traumatic brain injury, headache disorders, neuromuscular
disorders, peripheral nerve injury, stroke, brain tumors, multiple
sclerosis, and aberrations of brain chemistry that produce
depressive, anxiety, bipolar and psychotic spectrum disorders.