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3/8     Can any shrink (PhD) prescribe medication? Or do they have to
        have MD to do that?
        \_ In general, a psychiatrist can prescribe medication, but a
           psycologist cannot, because a psychiatrist's training includes an
           MD, while a psycologist's does not.  Some states have started to
           allow psycologists to prescribe medication, which blurs the
           distinction.
           \_ The most annoying thing for me is that 19/20 doctors on
              the web site (by logging into my insurance) are MFT (marriage
              and family therapists). I don't want a f*** talker I just want
              my f******* medicine. M****** F*************
              \_ Most psychological issues can be solved more cheaply and
                 effectively by counseling. What is your problem, if you
                 don't mind sharing.
                 \_ Tourettes
        \_ Some can, provided they are also physician's assistants or nurse
           practiioners, who are allowed to prescribe medications under
           state law.