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    hiya,

    i wasn't sure where to post this, so i just chose a-level (no idea why).
    anyway, i was wondering, could i become a good psychiatrist despite fighting my own mental health battles? it is my dream to become a psychiatrist because i just really want to help those going through things that society frowns upon.
    however, i'm worried that i won't be allowed to be one/be able to be a good one.
    what do you think?

    thank you so much for any replies xx
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    isn't fighting your own mental health battles sort of like work experience for a psychiatrist lol xD ... I would assume it will enable you to relate with patients on a more personal level since you will know first hand the kind of things they are going through... and as a result you will be able to give them better advice! (like recommending things which have helped you)
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    (Original post by Froppy)
    isn't fighting your own mental health battles sort of like work experience for a psychiatrist lol xD ... I would assume it will enable you to relate with patients on a more personal level since you will know first hand the kind of things they are going through... and as a result you will be able to give them better advice!
    haha, it probably is! i didn't think of it like that- thank you so much! x
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    only if you do it successfully
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    Of course in fact your situation could alleviate others if you direct them away from adversities you faced
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    (Original post by adamantacademic)
    Of course in fact your situation could alleviate others if you direct them away from adversities you faced
    i didn't think of it in this perspective, before- thank you so much! x
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    I think it makes you a better psychiatrist. If you have experienced what your patient has experienced, you can be more empathetic and understanding.
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    (Original post by hannxm)
    I think it makes you a better psychiatrist. If you have experienced what your patient has experienced, you can be more empathetic and understanding.
    of course- thank you so much! x
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    If you’re at A level then it’s a very long path to train as a psychiatrist. You need to first get a place on a medical degree and then choose psychiatry as a specialism. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psychiatry/


    Are you sure you’re interested in psychiatry and not counselling?
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    (Original post by PQ)
    If you’re at A level then it’s a very long path to train as a psychiatrist. You need to first get a place on a medical degree and then choose psychiatry as a specialism. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/psychiatry/


    Are you sure you’re interested in psychiatry and not counselling?
    i've looked into it before, and it's 13 years! crazy, i know, but i do still think i want to become a psychiatrist. do you think it is possible to be a psychiatrist, but also do the job of a psychologist? x
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    Definitely. From what I've seen from therapists I've had (not the same as psychiatrist, I know, but similar field), the most helpful ones have been those who can relate and who have gone through similar things. That way, they can empathise exactly with how you feel, and as a patient, you feel very understood from that angle.
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    (Original post by lilaccis)
    Definitely. From what I've seen from therapists I've had (not the same as psychiatrist, I know, but similar field), the most helpful ones have been those who can relate and who have gone through similar things. That way, they can empathise exactly with how you feel, and as a patient, you feel very understood from that angle.
    this really makes me happy- i feel that i can be helpful to those struggling; thank you so, so much! xx
 
 
 
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