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Psychologists help individuals and families work through emotional difficulties through talk therapy. They also evaluate mental health through special assessments.

Psychologists do not prescribe medicine or order medical tests. They may work with medical doctors, including psychiatrists, to help patients with:




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Source: American Psychological Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 08/01/2011

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health