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from xhrisl
Wednesday, June 25, 2003 - 07:09


Psychologist and Psychiatist are there to listen and in some cases help steer their client in the right direction (whatever direction that may be) thereby enabling the client come to an informed concensous with regard to their experiances and or behavior. Basicly their role is to provide an objective view---not clutered with the encumberments resultant of knowing the individual on a personal basis.

For my own view on the matter; psychologist/psychiatrist is there for people who don't have a strong support network of friends and or family, and yet also there for those things that an individual cannot share with those whom they are intimate with. There is a certian point where it ceases to be "sharing" and crosses the line into "dumping" on your friends and family.

Nevertheless, why see one when you can be one? In fact if it makes you feel any better as a psychology major I must say that half the people I study with are are more "clinicly goofy" than I am (it's what makes the world of professional counselors so understanding).

Best of luck to all of you...just remeber...what you tell a friend may come back to bite you...if you pay a professional, you have Dr/Client privilege.
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From roughneck
Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 21:33

Doctors have patients, attorneys have clients. ;)

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From Dr. Client
Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 22:01

Actually, a lot of psychologists prefer to call them Clients because they feel that saying Patients is a bit sombre, and you may just be seeing them to help you along not because you have a disease.(reply to this comment
From frmrjoyish
Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 23:17

A psychologist can't really call anyone a patient, so they have to call them clients. Psychologists are trained counselors, but psychiatrists are actual medical doctors, so they have patients as opposed to clients. Although, I supposed a psychologist could get a Phd and technically be a doctor, but not an MD, so they'd still have clients, right??? Any Psyc's wanna clear this up??(reply to this comment
From Jovi
Wednesday, July 02, 2003, 23:29

When you study psychology besides all the philosophy you have to read you have cathedras on biology , neurology and psychiatry which gives you a better understanding of the people's anathomy and brain in case their ''problem'' is just biologycal and not psycologycal.and the reason why they call patients clients is so the ppl don't feel or think on them selves as sick or ill in their minds.(reply to this comment
from EyesWideShut
Tuesday, June 24, 2003 - 20:55

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I've thought about this as well and came to the following conclusion:

Although at one point I might have liked to have therapy, I never did. English, economical counselling was not available in Japan so I had to deal with myself. Self-therapy. It worked for me.

After a bit I was glad that I didn't go because, like you, I wondered if maybe they just wouldn't know what to do with the information. Ha! They may not have been able to relate and they may never have heard of some of the stuff we have to deal with, but they do know what post-traumatic stress disorder is and they've counselled people coming out of abusive relationships, to name a couple of areas.

From what I know, much of what a good psychologist does is listen when the patient gets all their shit out on the table. That was usually a big step for me, because once I got it all out, I usually found I could then think clear enough to answer my own questions.

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