Well here’s a list of the psychology area about different degrees in which people will still be called ‘doctor’ because that’s their fucking title
PsyD = Doctor of Psychology
Mainly clinical work, meaning less research-based
Only requires a Bachelor’s
Less competitive than PhD programs (40 students per year versus ~5 students for PhD)
Same title as ‘doctor’, holds the same license as someone who has a PhD in psychology
Takes an average of 5 years to complete, but a thesis isn’t required (hello not having to write a 300 page paper on a unique topic)
PhD = Doctor of Philosophy
You can get this in plenty of areas like Political Science, Sociology, Physics, Chemistry, etc. Basically most majors you can get a PhD in
Research-based, like 6 years of pure research
300 page thesis on your field and it has to be something no one has ever done before
Competitive PhD programs only accepts less than 10 students per year, and only 3-5 psychology students
Required to be a full-time faculty at many universities because in order to teach you must have done years of research and be able to contribute new knowledge in your field and teach it to your students
Takes longer (average of 6 years) than a PsyD, and less expensive
Many schools require applicants to have a Master’s degree
M.D. = Medical Doctor (Psychiatrist)
Goes to medical school
Able to administer drugs to patients
Requires additional training on top of medical school because this is a specific area
Expensive but then again so is medical school
So just to wrap things up (in the context of psychology btw):
Dr. Leah, PsyD:
I can do counseling, do the same work as someone who holds a PhD, but I cannot administer drugs and it would be more difficult to get a permanent spot as a professor at a university.
I’m more counseling-based so I’m probably going to find a job in that area since I’m not into research
I am a doctor shut up
Dr. Leah, PhD:
I worked my butt off for years and basically wrote a book so you will call me doctor even if I cannot give you drugs. I may still conduct research and overlook other students in PhD programs. I’m interested in working in academia and/or counseling.
I can make jokes about wanting the PhDick
Dr. Leah, M.D.:
I went to med school and specialized in this field so I can work as any of PsyD and PhD occupations and administer drugs to patients who needs it.
Does counseling but an expert in mental disorders so I work with extreme cases
Did I mention I went to med school this means it’s acceptable to call me doctor but you already knew that
THESE ARE ALL DEGREES WITH DOCTORS IN THEIR TITLES SO RESPECT PEOPLE WHO PREFER YOU TO CALL THEM DOCTOR EVEN IF THEY DO NOT HOLD AN M.D.
Also a most of these professions (excluding academia) will let patients know that they can call them by their first name rather than ‘doctor’ in order to make it more comfortable and less “I’m seeking help from a doctor I must be crazy”
But this is a rant in regards to those who aren’t patients and have such a blatant disregard and respect for people who worked their ass off for years and don’t show them the courtesy of addressing them by their title.