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What are some things you expreince first hand in a hospital by just being a psychologist

What are some of the things you will see? what about cases you might deal with? how will you deal with them? How do i know this is right for me??

Thank you comment icon Hi Leila, I am not a psychologist and have not worked in a hospital, but as a mental health professional I think a good question to ask yourself (and continue asking yourself) is why you want to do this field? If you have a satisfying answer you can rely on, it can really fuel you. It may change over the years but really notice if you have a healthy answer to that question. Even going to therapy or career counseling can help you determine if this is the step you want to take. It is a tough but rewarding job field. Good luck! Priya Mathew

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Amani’s Answer

For the most part, working in a hospital can vary from where in the hospital you're working (i.e. ER or specific psychiatric ward) and your specialty. If you're working in the ER then you'll see a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders, from BPD to schizophrenia, depression, and others. If you work in a specific ward then it depends, from my experience, most psychiatric hospitals with an inpatient setting have two divisions within age groups, eating disorders and then everything else. If you work in the eating disorder ward, then all you will work with are eating disorders (Bulimia, OFSED, ARFID), and the other ward is similar to the ER in terms of diagnosis diversity. You will learn how to deal with patients mostly through hands-on experience as well as what you'll learn in undergrad and beyond. You can try volunteering at your local psychiatric hospital or work as a mental health assistant/tech to get a feel for the environment, which may be overwhelming at times.
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Ben’s Answer

Leila, my wife is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who works at a hospital. I can speak, at a high level, on her behalf. There is a wide variety of opportunities in hospitals for psychologists. These range from general mental health to specialized areas, like health psychology. My wife has worked in health psychology (where she specialized in using CBD to treat chronic pain), general mental health (where she saw cases of depression, anxiety, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc., etc.), and even a bit of neuro-psychology (where she performed assessments to determine the level of brain damage people with neurological conditions/injuries had). To figure out what she liked best, she participated in several practicums during her doctorate, as well as a part-time job in a private practice, and then a 1-year internship (which is required to get your doctorate and psychologist license). It's a long road to become a psychologist... but you can really impact people's lives in a positive way. Good luck.
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Leila, thank you for the question. While I'm not a psychologist yet I hope to be one right now I do the preliminary interview. In this capacity I do have an opportunity to see the clients interact with one another. Mostly these are families going through crisis, emotions tend to spill into the situation and make things worse. I have witness gunfire, fights between spouses, and also some very tender moments like the birth of a baby, or to be hired for a much-needed job. The truth is in a hospital setting one never knows what they're going to inquirer.
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