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My severe mental illness is leading me to do a research degree on psychotic depression and ocd. good idea?

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Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Impressive: Your personal and experiential insight could lead to unique approaches to understanding severe mental illness. becoming an expert and possibly a teacher will also offer u greater access to resources and knowledge that may benefit your personal management of mental health. It may also allow u to b a role model and have a platform to help others. Good luck with your pursuit and be well!
Dr. Janice Seward
Clinical Psychology 31 years experience
Thoughtful and insightful answer and agree that so many of us are helped by reading the stories of people who have 'been there'. Sharing your experience is invaluable and the most authentic research we could have!
Feb 9, 2017
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Mental Health and: obtaining a research degree. Please think about the impact of such a degree on your mental status. If it is helpful then consider continuing, if it makes symptoms worse than change paths. Many people draw good from their suffering and help others. Perhaps this will be your case. Keep in touch w/your doc/therapist for accountability and feedback. Peace and good health.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok commented
Pediatrics 33 years experience
True, if the stress of studying hard and worrying about projects and exams is too large and is worsening one's psychological symptoms... this would be a bad idea. Most patients with mental illness need to find the most "stress-free" life possible, as life's stressors usually hurt their mental health.
Aug 6, 2016
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Discuss w therapist: Why not ? Many people with mental illness have gone on to do research and make important contributions to society. You should be sure that you condition is stabilized and probably should discuss your pending plans with your therapist.

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