Psychology is the study of the human mind and human behavior. Also defined as, “The mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity.” While often people think of talk therapy when it comes to seeing a psychologist, the profession encompasses a broad range of areas including organizational behavior as well as animal research.

What is Mental Illness?

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.”

What Does A Psychologist Do?

Surprisingly, 56 distinct divisions within psychology are recognized by the American Psychology Association (APA). But, from all these divisions, they typically fall into three broad categories.

Areas of Psychology

  1. Applied Psychologists: These psychologists use the standard principles of psychology to solve problems in the real world. These doctors could be working in the fields of aviation, industrial organization, or engineering.
  2. Research Psychologists: They perform studies and experiments with both animals and humans. Research psychologists usually work within a university system or the government, and their range of work includes personality, social behavior, development, cognition, and neuroleft_right_brainscience.
  3. Mental Health Psychologists: These psychologists work with people suffering from mental health disorders and those who are in mental distress. They may work in schools, government offices or private practices. Typically, their titles include a school psychologist, clinical psychologist or a counseling psychologist.

Clinical psychologists work in determining the nature, causes, and potential effects of a person under distress; of social, personal, and work dysfunctions; and the psychological factors associated with behavioral, emotional, physical, nervous, and mental disorders.


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