A psychiatrist is a medical doctor trained and certified to treat mental illness. Psychiatrists are mental health professionals who may prescribe psychiatric medication as part of the treatment process. Psychiatrists conduct physical examinations, diagnosis psychiatric conditions, and provide treatment which may include psychotherapy, medication, or other treatments such as ECT. Although the biological cause of skin picking disorder remains unknown, research indicates some people benefit from pharmacotherapy.
At one time, psychiatrists were the only providers who could prescribe medication. However, because of psychiatrist shortages in some areas of the United States, some states allow psychologists to obtain prescriptive authority through special training and licensing. Also, some psychiatric nurses may prescribe in some states. Always verify the licensing and credentials of providers prescribing medication.