Episode 64: Going to a Psychiatrist with Dr. Noor Ferrell


Guest host Bridget Caletka LPC welcomes Dr. Noor Ferrell as the first psychiatrist on our show! After graduating from Emory University and completing her medical training at the Ohio University of Osteopathic Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ferrell opened her own practice where she sees a broad range of clients including those who are experiencing reproductive issues. After defining what a psychiatrist is and explaining why she chose the profession, Dr. Ferrell breaks down the differences between psychology and psychiatry as we debunk some major myths about the latter. We learn that therapy and medicine work well together when done properly, what medicines Dr. Ferrell commonly prescribes and how she goes about it, and why she’s always careful when prescribing meds because of possible side effects and dependency. Then, we turn our attention to the psychiatric evaluation process, the role that genetics play in psych assessments, the things that make it difficult to get an accurate diagnosis, and what our guest loves most about her job. For another inspirational conversation filled with hope, tune in now! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A warm welcome to today’s guest, Psychiatrist Dr. Noor Ferrell. 
  • Dr. Ferrell defines what a psychiatrist is. 
  • Why she chose psychiatry as a profession. 
  • The distinction between psychology and psychiatry. 
  • Debunking some myths about psychiatry. 
  • Why most of us need therapy.
  • How medicine and therapy go hand-in-hand. 
  • The type of medicine Dr. Ferrell commonly prescribes and how she goes about it. 
  • Breaking down the problems of prescription – including concerns about dependency. 
  • How she handles and discusses medicine side effects with patients.
  • The numbing effect: it depends on the patient. 
  • Dr. Ferrell’s thoughts on psych evaluations, and her personal evaluation process.
  • The role that genetics play in considerations of the psyche.
  • Things that complicate how she diagnoses a patient, including drugs and alcohol. 
  • Dr. Ferrell’s favorite part about being a psychiatrist.
  • How our guest stays motivated through her patient’s stories of hope.  


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Noor J. Ferrell

Dr. Noor J. Ferrell on Twitter

Dr. Noor J. Ferrell on LinkedIn

Dr. Noor J. Ferrell on Facebook

Emory University 

Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Baylor College of Medicine 


Mosaics of Mercy


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