The flaw in your assumption, Dr. Dukesz, is that prescribing psychologists would be trained in psychopharmacology, neurophysiology, and other necessary disciplines to achieve competence in recognizing adverse medical side effects, and quite capable of referring patients with medical problems to a licensed physician. Psychologists who practice psychotherapy see the effects of psychotropic medications prescribed to their patients, and understand how medications affect mental status and changes in personality functioning. With proper training, psychologists will excel in psychotropic prescribing. I have no problem with psychiatric nurse practitioners prescribing psychotropics either. Psychiatrists are almost invisible in rural and other underserved areas, where there is a lot of untreated psychopathology. Finding a psychiatrist to see a psychotherapy client in independent practice for medication treatment is not always timely. Finding a general physician who is competent to prescribe for various psychiatric disorders is not easy. Need I say more?