Originally Posted by badhatharry
may I remind you that you are ignoring me. But I'm sure that what I said would be applicable to psychiatry as well as to psycoanalysis. Besides those two are not mutually exclusive.
They're pretty much are mutually exclusive. One requires an MD and the other doesn't. A psychiatrist can prescribe medication, a psychoanalyst can't. Psychoanalysts engage in talk therapy ("the couch") and group therapy, and other behavioral modalities. Psychiatrists engage in the practice of a medical specialty (just like cardiologists, rheumatologists neurologists, and every other medical specialty.) There's really very little in common between them.