Did you know that Whitbeck Bennett has a podcast? The podcast is called The Mind Itself and is hosted by our Managing Partner, John Whitbeck. The podcast focuses on mental health and mental health law.

The latest episode of the podcast titled, Understanding Bipolar Disorder, featured Dr. Sumit Anand with Ashburn Psychological Services in Northern Virginia.

One area of discussion in the podcast is the difference between a psychologist, and a psychiatrist, and the services provided by similar, but different professions. A summary is provided below:

  • What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist? – While the professions are similar, a psychiatrist is a medically trained doctor who can prescribe medication.
  • What is a psychologist’s area of specialty? –  Psychologists specialize in the field of human behavior. Psychologists hold a Ph.D., a PsyD, or a clinical doctorate degree.
  • Do Psychiatrists perform psychological testing? – No. Psychologists perform the testing; Psychiatrists review the results of the testing to correlate the results with clinical findings.
Interested in learning more on this topic? You can read the full transcript of the podcast, or you can listen to the episode here.


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Episode 15 of The Mind Itself podcast: Understanding Bipolar Disorder

“Today we are going to be talking about bipolar disorder, something that is pervasive in our society, as well as in the practice of law, especially in domestic relations, mental health law, and criminal cases, so I have brought in today a very special guest, Dr. Sumit Anand, who is with Ashburn Psychological Services in Northern Virginia. Dr. Anand and I have worked together on cases in the forensic realm, and I thought he would be an excellent guest to educate all of us on bipolar disorder, give us some background on the disease and how it’s treated, and some good helpful tips if you’re dealing with somebody in your family or friends that’s suffering from what has become a very pervasive disease in our country and around the world…”

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Not able to attend the “Parents & Education Town Hall Series – Part 2” hosted by Whitbeck Bennett on June 9th, 2022? The video is now available to watch on our website and our YouTube channel. 

Watch  “Parents & Education Town Hall Series – Part 1” on our website and our YouTube channel. 


The Mind Itself is a podcast about mental health & mental health law, and how it affects all aspects of our daily lives. By taking a deeper dive into how our society deals with mental health medically, legally, and practically, listeners gain insight about one of America’s most pressing and often overlooked issues.
Check out The Mind Itself Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.


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