Lynn R. Schechter, Ph.D., L.L.C. - Licensed Medical Psychologist
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I am proud to be a Medical Psychologist in the state of Louisiana.  Louisiana is one of only 4 states (Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, and Louisiana) in the USA where psychologists have been granted the right to prescribe psychotropic medication for individuals with mental and behavioral health conditions.  For those of you who may not be familiar with Medical Psychology, I would like to explain what we do. Basically, we can do everything that a psychologist would do such as behavioral interventions, psychotherapeutic interventions with individuals or families, psychological testing and reports, consultations, just as examples.  Where we differ is that we are also permitted to prescribe medications to treat conditions such as but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, depression, and mood dysregulation disorders.  The completion of a postdoctoral masters of science in clinical psychopharmacology and the passing of a national board examination are other precursors to obtaining an MP degree. We are then licensed to prescribe by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  We are not permitted to prescribe narcotics.  Medical Psychology is still in its infancy, and it's existence is still somewhat controversial.  I believe that Medical Psychologists, working closely with clients' primary physicians, can make a significant positive difference in the clinical care of patients with mental and behavioral conditions.  We can combine and focus on multi-dimensional treatment of our patients, whereas many psychiatrists focus almost solely on writing prescriptions and no longer do much therapy with patients, often due to time limitations.  I hope that in time other states in the nation will also move forward with medical psychology so that more individuals who are suffering can get access to the help and care that they need.  

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