I'm Planning To Study Mental Health Issues, And Hope To Become A Psychologist. What Are People's Views On This?


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Samuel Chiltern Profile
Samuel Chiltern answered
I think working as a psychologist, and helping people with mental health issues, is a very honorable thing to do.

It seems a very difficult job, but also extremely rewarding. If you are pursuing a personal passion of yours, then it is definitely the right thing to do.

You do need to be wary of allowing the job to affect your own mental health though, especially if mental health issues run in your family.

It is important that you are able to separate other people's emotions from your own, but as a professional, you too will receive psychological support in your role.

Successfully helping others with their mental health issues is not something everybody can do, so there is a distinct need for talented and driven people. The roles are also well paid.

The Different Types of Psychologist
You haven't specified which area of psychology you're interested in, nor what type of role you're considering. It sounds as if you're still at the start of this exciting journey, so you probably haven't made up your mind yet.

I'll just quickly outline the broad specialisms and the roles within them to get you started:

  • Clinical and counselling psychologists - work with patients in a therapeutic context, to help them overcome psychological disorders
  • Organisational psychologists - apply research and techniques towards solving problems within organisations, such as businesses or government
  • Academic psychologists - often work at research institutes, or teach the subject at university
Best of luck with your career!
Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright answered
Psychology's a good choice, but remember one thing: Don't let your patients get to you, and definitely don't take any of your work home with you. If you do either of these things then the job will destroy you from within.

I wish you all the best in following your dream, and if you should ever need any help along the way with anything, I'd be happy to help, as I have a BSc. In Social-Pyschology
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Kiara Harris
Kiara Harris commented
Thankyou very muchly. I definitely have heard that before :P and i will definitely take that advice
Brittany Schlatt Profile
I think that's a great course to go for. You get paid for big bucks, and if it's what you love, you'll enjoy it as well.
Peter Cohan Profile
Peter Cohan answered

Working as a psychologist and helping people with mental health problems is very cool! I think that it will be useful for you to know about best books for mental strength . After reading these books, you will learn how to find the right reference points. You will discover the stories of people who not only with dignity overcame the trials that fell to their lot, but also knew how to benefit from them and valuable experience

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