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Am I able to have a career in psychology despite suffering from mental illness myself?

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In brief: Most likely

There are a lot of professional people with psychological issues.
Certainly there maybe some influence based on the type or severity of the illness.

In brief: Most likely

There are a lot of professional people with psychological issues.
Certainly there maybe some influence based on the type or severity of the illness.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Robert Stewart
The success you have in any career has less to do with your history of mental illness than with how well you function. I know people who suffered greatly from emotional difficulties and later completed a doctoral degree and are practicing successfully as psychologists. The issue is whether you can succeed in graduate school and can perform whatever work you choose to do later without your illness significantly interfering.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Interference level

It depends on how much your mental illness interferes with your ability to function.
You could seek therapy and med management through training to help ease the symptoms. You could also undergo analytic training, which involves 3 or more time per week personal analysis, that helps get to root causes of what bothers you, and how to function optimally in the profession.

In brief: Interference level

It depends on how much your mental illness interferes with your ability to function.
You could seek therapy and med management through training to help ease the symptoms. You could also undergo analytic training, which involves 3 or more time per week personal analysis, that helps get to root causes of what bothers you, and how to function optimally in the profession.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably, not always

Idividual circumstance likely determines that - depends on how well illness is managed/treated, what type of manifestations periodically show, and if there is judgment about not practicing when one should not.
Professional boards protect the public safety not professional rights - one will need to always maintain the appropriate standard of care. Thaat said, even boards have programs to help.

In brief: Probably, not always

Idividual circumstance likely determines that - depends on how well illness is managed/treated, what type of manifestations periodically show, and if there is judgment about not practicing when one should not.
Professional boards protect the public safety not professional rights - one will need to always maintain the appropriate standard of care. Thaat said, even boards have programs to help.
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