Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologist

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Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologist

Postby JessicaF » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:07 pm

Hi!

So I'm an aspiring clinical psychologist and I'm starting my undergraduate degree in October.

However I have a few worries and concerns that I have in regards to my mental health. I'm aware that if upon being accepted onto a doctorate course I would have to go through an occupational health check and therefore disclose my mental health issues as well as previous problems - I don't necessarily mind disclosing this (although I would like to note that currently I am coping well with my mental health issues and they aren't affecting me on a day to day basis - but they are still there) but I'm not really aware whether this could affect the possibilities about me becoming a clinical psychologist or what specialist area's it wouldn't necessarily be advisable to go into. On top of this I'm not really sure about what kind of support I would be able to access.

I'm hoping someone would be able to shed some light onto this, or if anyone else who suffers from mental health problems has had any struggles or what kind of experiences they've gone through in order to become a health professional. Equally, if anyone is able to give me any resources with more insight into this sort of thing or support related that would equally be great!

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologis

Postby han10 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:37 am

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=20408

This has recently been discussed in this thread. You also might find more previous discussions if you use the search function.

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Re: Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologis

Postby elkie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:11 am

If you're only just starting your undergrad its going to be at least four years before you apply for DClinPsy so I would say just focus on enjoying your undergrad and taking care of your mental health. And then see where things are at when the time comes to begin the application process.
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Re: Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologis

Postby JessicaF » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:46 pm

han10 wrote:http://www.clinpsy.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=20408

This has recently been discussed in this thread. You also might find more previous discussions if you use the search function.

best wishes,



Thank you! I wasn't sure if this had been posted previously :)
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Re: Mental health issues and becoming a Clinical Psychologis

Postby workingmama » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:58 pm

So many times, that I think that the search alone for the same topic may give you some comfort. Certainly you're by no means the only person in that particular boat, and previous threads have contained some sage and useful advice.

Good luck!
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