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    The first time I asked someone about becoming a clinical psychologist they said I should do anything else in psychology just not that. It’s too competitive. This was a psychiatrist that told me that I’ve read on tsr that it’s harder to get in DClinPsy than graduate medicine! What?! And I know all the other paths in psychology, I am not interested in them. I have no science background - my a-levels were not biology or chemistry. When I did double science at GCSE i liked it, and my favourite module is biological psychology. I like psychology, especially when it bridges to neuroscience via cognitive neuroscience. I wish I was studying something more scientific from this biological perspective. I definitely know I am a people-person, I want to interact with people and talk about their problems. But I want to see results and I feel like medicine gives that satisfaction more. I want the option to do psychiatry and to be able to prescribe medicine. To do everything I can, not just diagnose. I have heard that clinical psychology is slave work, that you don’t even get to choose what therapy is best for the person. But I’ve also heard that if medicine isnt the only thing you want to do, don’t do it. So is it only for people who have always known they want to do it? Why?As you can probably tell by now I am so confused. What do I choose?
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    (Original post by InessaClarke)
    The first time I asked someone about becoming a clinical psychologist they said I should do anything else in psychology just not that. It’s too competitive. This was a psychiatrist that told me that I’ve read on tsr that it’s harder to get in DClinPsy than graduate medicine! What?! And I know all the other paths in psychology, I am not interested in them. I have no science background - my a-levels were not biology or chemistry. When I did double science at GCSE i liked it, and my favourite module is biological psychology. I like psychology, especially when it bridges to neuroscience via cognitive neuroscience. I wish I was studying something more scientific from this biological perspective. I definitely know I am a people-person, I want to interact with people and talk about their problems. But I want to see results and I feel like medicine gives that satisfaction more. I want the option to do psychiatry and to be able to prescribe medicine. To do everything I can, not just diagnose. I have heard that clinical psychology is slave work, that you don’t even get to choose what therapy is best for the person. But I’ve also heard that if medicine isnt the only thing you want to do, don’t do it. So is it only for people who have always known they want to do it? Why?As you can probably tell by now I am so confused. What do I choose?
    Medicine is a lot of work which never ends so unless you are committed to it and know you want to do it for sure you will end up miserable and probably dropping out. Clinical psychology is not an easy field either so again unless you are committed there is no point in going down a path that will make you miserable and may end up with your dropping out. Maybe take some time to get some work experience and work out what you want to do. There are lots of different ways in which you can talk to people, help with their problems and see tangible results without prescribing medication.
 
 
 
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