I'm interested in psychology and was wondering what career should I explore if I want to observe/study the way a mentally ill person's mind reacts and thinks?
I would look into Clinical Psychology. In this field you are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with mental health challenges. Also, depending on where you do your clinical training you will have the opportunity to work with people with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other clinical diagnosis. Every patient is different, however your training will help you to better understand and help your patients. When I was doing my training I had some of the most interesting patients you would want to see. It gave me a lot of insight into their thoughts and beliefs and why they do some of the things they do.
Clinical psychology relates to psychologists directly providing services to patients who are suffering from mental illness. Clinical psychologists interact with patients through observations, interviews, and tests before making a diagnosis and coming up with a plan to deal with the symptoms of a mental illness. Many psychologists in this field use psychoanalysis, a psychological theory and form of therapy for treating mental disorders in patients. Over the course of multiple visits, psychologists delve into the emotions and experiences of a patient to provide insight into the illness.
Cognitive Psychology concentrates on the mental processes of individuals. Cognitive psychologists study the human thought process and how people obtain, process, and store information in the brain. These psychologists conduct experiments and research to study memory, perception, and learning. They work to better understand the mind and find solutions to memory loss, learning disabilities, and other cognitive issues. While many cognitive psychologists work mainly in researching and studying the brain, some provide therapies to patients, such as those who suffer from dementia and other types of cognitive impairments.
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