- Sep 11, 2019
- United States
I think it's because when you go into therapy as a career choice you don't usually have to learn about the neuroscience behind things, you just learn how to identify, diagnose, and listen to people share their problems with you. Your job as a therapist is to not actually treat the chemical cause itself but to act as a source of outside assistance, a third opinion if you would. Your other job as a therapist is to offer advice that the patient may or may not choose to follow and to direct the patient to a psychiatrist who can prescribe medications that are supposed to be designed to stabilize whatever chemical inconsistencies that exist. Now psychiatrists on the other hand are required to not only have a master degree in psychology but also a doctorate in medical science which does require the taking of neuroscience courses while in college.Ok, I'm a quick learner. I've been on a psychiatric ward a few times and there are people who have self-harmed. I've never understood why - until your explanation. No matter how low I've gotten (and I've gotten low), its not something I've considered.
You will find better people than me to talk to on this forum regarding that subject though.
You are obviously very smart, but regarding therapy would it help not to consider it as adversarial (I do at times), and actually challenge them to help you?
The only reason I know about the chemical side of psychology is because I took 4 courses geared towards neuroscience, chemistry, and medical science.