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What is the definition or description of: clinical psychology?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Branch of Psychology: Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology devoted to the study, assessment, and treatment of mental disorders, abnormal behavior, and psychiatric problems. In addition, since 2000 the field has also focused on integrating the science of positive psychology (e.g., strengths, accomplishment, productive social functioning, happiness) into its study, assessment, and treatment models.

Answered 10/24/2017

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Dr. Marlene Eisen answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Concern for behavior: The study and care of human behavior with special attention to maladaptive responses to life experiences. There are many "schools" of psychological theory and practice, but ibelieve the concerns and goals of the patient should determine the treatment.

Answered 6/6/2015

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Dr. Andrew Berry answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Clinical issues: Clinical psychology is a subfield of psychology as a whole that deals with clinical issues that are emotionally-based typically depression anxiety and related phenomenon. What clinicians do is to help patients better manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, And get to know them selves better as well as their internal, mental processes.

Answered 2/22/2015

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Dr. Jerry Smith answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Multifaceted field: Clinical psychology is the branch of psychology that focuses on assessing and treating seriously mentally ill individuals. Treatment usually involves a variety of evidence-based practices. Practitioners hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D., frequently work closely with medical doctors, and are found in a variety of clinical settings, to include hospitals, community centers, and private practice.

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