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Question:

What is the difference between a behavioral neurologist and a psychiatrist?

Answered by: Richard Mayeux

The behavioral neurologist is trained to evaluate, manage and treat patients with brain disorders that alter normal behavior. The brain disorders are typically problems such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or Alzheimer's disease.

The psychiatrist is trained to evaluate, manage and treat patients with primary psychiatric disorders such as depression or schizophrenia and psychiatric symptoms such as depression.

Current the training both types of professional have more similarities than differences. However, traditionally the training has not overlapped.