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Can Psychologists Diagnose Patients with Schizophrenia, Autism, Anxiety or Other Mental Disorders?

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I am a university student currently studying law and I don’t like it but cause my dad is paying for it I must graduate. Psychology has always been my passion but never pursue it because I really didn’t know what I wanted to study. I would like to study something that would allow myself to diagnose people, study them. Understanding why they act that way and what causes it, I find mental diseases interesting. I would like to analyze people with mental illness and be able to say, “okay patient “x” is schizophrenic for example.
Not prescribe medication just diagnosing or being able to know they have that disease. I don’t think I could be a psychiatrist because you must go to medical school first as I don’t like sewing wound or blood or morgues. So, help me out, what degree/career could I study. (From Ecuador)

Can Psychologists Diagnose Patients with Schizophrenia, Autism, Anxiety or Other Mental Disorders?

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  The most important thing is for you to honor yourself in this process. I would encourage you to take some psychology courses to make sure they are what you think they are. To become a psychologist will take as long — if not longer — than becoming a lawyer. I would get information from psychology teachers at your university. This along with taking courses will give you the experience and information you need to make a good decision.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Can Psychologists Diagnose Patients with Schizophrenia, Autism, Anxiety or Other Mental Disorders?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Can Psychologists Diagnose Patients with Schizophrenia, Autism, Anxiety or Other Mental Disorders?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 17, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2017/11/12/can-psychologists-diagnose-patients-with-schizophrenia-autism-anxiety-or-other-mental-disorders/
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