Human mind is a fascinating world. Though the achievements in the field of science and technology grew beyond skies through human genius, human mind still remains a mystery in many ways.
When it comes to selecting a career to understand and investigate capabilities and capacities of human mind, two fields stay highlighted – one in humanities and the other is in medical science. Yet, students and parents keep a wrong impression that study of human mind is an acute affair of science and research.
- Psychology: Study of human mind and behavior
- Psychiatry: Study of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders.
Psychology is a humanities field, and psychiatry is a field in medical science.
There are few burning questions that gets repeated, all adding more confusion to this topic. Few of them as listed below:
- Can I become a doctor after studying psychology?
- Can I become a psychiatrist after studying psychology?
- Psychology and psychiatry are the same?
- Can I work as a doctor in hospital after studying psychology?
- BA Psychology and B.Sc Psychology are the same?
- After studying B.Tech and a course in psychology, can I open a psychology clinic?
- Mathematics need to be studied for psychology?
- Why psychology is not a science field?
Questions are many and endless.
As one go through each of the above questions, one thing is obvious; that is, understanding the differences between psychology and psychiatry is of paramount importance. Let’s dedicate remaining space of this article for that objective:
|1.||What is?||Scientific study of human mind and behavior||Medical specialty for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders.|
|2.||Education Discipline?||Humanities / Science||Science / Medical Science|
|3.||Who can study?||Science / Commerce / Humanities Students||Science (Biology)|
|4.||Admission Criteria?||Merit/Institution-University Entrance/BHU (UET)/SAAT/MET/GSAT/CUET||AIIMS(PG/UG)/NEET/JIPMER (PG)|
|5.||Education platforms?||BA / BA (Hons.) / MA|
B.Sc / M.Sc
M.Phil / PhD
|B.Sc (3 yrs)/ MBBS (5 ½ yrs including rotating internship of 1 yr)|
MD / MS
Diploma (Psychiatry/Psychiatric Nursing)
|6.||Mode of Education?||Online / Distance / Regular||Online / Regular|
|Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist|
Old age psychiatry
Psychiatry of intellectual disability (PID)
|Inpatient care psychiatry|
Psychiatry for community and public health
|9.||Fees?||Online: less than INR 10k|
Certificate: INR 5k-10k
Diploma: INR 65k
UG: INR 20k to 2.5 Lakhs/p.a.
PG: INR 3k-2 Lakhs
Doctorate: INR 2k-1 Lakh
|Certificate: INR 8k-50k|
Diploma & PG Diploma: INR 30k-100k
UG: INR 30k-25 Lakhs
PG: INR 30k-15 Lakhs
Doctorate: INR 50k-4 Lakhs
|10.||Basic Salary?||50k to 1.12 lakhs / p.a.||5 lakhs – 10 Lakhs / p.a.|
Education and career are the backbone of our life. The reason why we live in a place, spent time the way we do, follow a life style that we live; all for pursuing a career or after pursuing a career. A decision to pursue a particular career field must be from an ‘informed’ point. I hope this article will help you in achieving the purpose.
Best of luck!
This topic is explained in detail in the below video. Language of presentation is Malayalam.
Disclaimer: Information shared here is basic and must not be taken as the final word. Before taking a final decision, please seek expert advise from competent sources.