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Re: I want to study psychology!

I am studying psychology currently, I have always wanted to because I love helping people and finding out why we are they we are. I'm most interest in learning about the mental health part of psychology. Helping people makes me most excited about psychology. The thing that makes me most scared about studying psychology is how much at times I can relate to what people have been through and how that can be tough at times. I used my ATAR to get into Deakin University. As for advice, I would give if you're like me and love the mental health part of psychology than remember that is more to study psychology such as research methods, statics. 

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@Wolfie_ I'm pretty much in my final year before honours. My current work is in tutoring and I work with a lot of second-language students so I'm hoping to do some volunteering in that area e.g. homework help. I also coach debating at my old school so I've gotten some mentorship and confidence-boosting experience out of that. My placement was looking at disengaged kids in lower high school. I've heard about the behaviour therapy thing with autism-diagnosed kids, I had a friend who did that, she said it was interesting but wasn't too into the behaviourism herself. I'll have to look into it! At the moment I think I'm trying to stick with the mentoring and education spheres but I suppose I'll need to branch out at some point!

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@A_Friend Welcome! Smiley Very Happy It's awesome to hear that you're into the mental health side. Are there any particular disorders you're most interested in working with? I understand your worry about being relatable, I think that at the end of the day if you've experienced anything yourself and are empathic and understanding that is all you need. I even had a teacher last semester tell us that having too much empathy isn't helpful because you'd be crying there along with your client! Also I agree on the statistics, a lot of people go into psych hoping to learn how to fix people in the undergrad course but with the amount of research done that's not really how it is hey?

 

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@StormySeas17 Oh sounds like you've got quite the plan! I did enjoy working with the kids but the company wasn't great at valuing their staff. Ive heard thats a common issue amongst that area of work! You've still got plenty of time to branch out Smiley Happy
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@StormySeas17 I'm most interested in working with people with depression and anxiety. What area of psychology are you interested in? It's true you definitely do more statics/research side of psychology more than you would expect although for my course at Deakin I can more mental health/therapy based courses in my undergrad course. How are you finding your course, is what you expected/still interesting you?

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Hey @StormySeas17, I found Honours quite intense but very rewarding! I didn't do it on nutrition as I wasn't aware that was the direction I wanted to go in at that stage. I looked at sleep and memory though which was really fun! I'm hoping I can get a job in a field more related to nutrition, disordered eating and body image though!

That is really interesting although it doesn't surprise me if I'm being honest! Body image insecurities really does affect everyone and even those you might look at and think have the perfect body in your opinion might have a different idea of what perfect looks like to them, which is why there really is no such thing as the perfect body!

And no I haven't done any research on the stomach being the second brain, have you? What interests you about it?

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@JullyBean Wow that sounds so interesting! I love the cross-over between Psychology and Nutrition! I have also recently finished my honours in psychology and am now trying to decide my next step. I thought I might have to choose between psych and nutrition but hearing you are planning on doing both has inspired me to look into it further! Smiley Happy 

 

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@Wolfie_ I think you're right! My psych gave me the suggestion of having a look online one hour a week when I'm stressed about trying to find things to get experience for. It takes a lot of the panic out of it when you actually start finding reasonable things to do! My uni placement organiser was running a program to help rehabilitate kids in long-suspension back into school and I really liked the sound of that but it was full time Smiley Sad so I might do some backwards research to see how I would get experience to do something like that.

 

@A_Friend I think I'm most interested in anxiety but I'd love to challenge myself to work with bipolar patients since I have it myself. I'm also really interested in relationship psychology. Lots of options, particularly as I have a combined child and family psychologist near my house so it's definitely a common combo! I think I'll probably end up being a bit of a jack of all trades and that suits me fine Smiley Very Happy So far my course has been interesting but I'm up to the more dry subjects. I'm doing research methods this semester, and I'm honestly nervous because last time I did a subject based on a research project my tutor gave me the wrong hypotheses to work with and I failed the assessment, and I've spent this whole time trying to pull my average back up to 75 again Smiley Frustrated thankfully my uni just looks for a WAM of 75 and not individual subjects.

 

@JullyBean Sleep and memory sounds super interesting! I personally struggle to sleep and I'm encountering more people with memory issues as time goes on so I relate. Have you heard of the Butterfly Foundation? They're focused on eating disorders so there might be opportunities there for you Smiley Happy

 

So essentially the second brain idea is that the stomach is the one processing all of the important nutrients we need for proper brain function, like for example tryptophan which we get from our food to create serotonin which stabilises our mood. So if the stomach isn't working properly due to poor gut health etc. it directly affects how effectively our brains can function. There's also the inverse where our brain's stress affects how well we can digest our food, thus affecting how many nutrients we absorb. It's also possibly coming up as a reason why certain medications may or may not work with people, since they have to pass through our digestive system first. It's an emerging area of study but I think it's really important! 

 

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@StormySeas17 It would be so good to have some knowledge on everything. Agreed research methods are tough but I'm glad I have a subject that interests each semester/trimester to keep me going. What has been your favourite subject?

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@A_Friend I think I'll be okay with research methods- the one I did badly on was principles of psychological assessment Smiley Sad I'm just planning on keeping very up-to-date with my tutor. I definitely loved relationship psychology the most, it was so interesting! I also really liked child and adolescent psychology and I did my research essay on cyberbullying. I'm doing psychopathology next year so that should be exciting too! What about you?