Will it be triggering for me to take clinical Psychology?

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I’m deciding on majoring in Psychology next year. But I have an eating disorder and Have had it for over 5 years. I have gone to treatment several times and am quite unstable with it. I really want to become a Clinical Psychologist, but any talk of eating disorders is highly triggering for me. What should I do? Notify my professor? is there much reference to it in psychology?

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Answer by cat r
There might be. But a lot of psycologists an therapists have had an eating disorder. But I’m sure you’ll do fine!

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  1. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 3:47 am

    Hmm… well I guess there are two parts to this. Yes it may trigger you, but it also may help you. Learning more about why and how eating disorders develop and treatments etc may expand your knowledge on the subject and give you better insight into your own issues. Furthermore many many therapists and psychiatrists have their own set of issues and this just helps them to relate to their clients!

    I have depression/BPD/anxiety (the whole lot) and when I studied psychology I found it really interesting, yes of course at times I felt a little bit triggered when there was talk about self harm etc but overall it helped me to understand my behaviour. Now there isn’t really any way that you can get out of studying eating disorders as it will be part of the syllabus. However at most it will be just one topic. It also depends on what modules you decide to take. I very much doubt that it will be the focus of it, it is more likely to be on depression etc as there is much more stuff going on chemically.

    I reckon you should get your hands on a copy of the syllabus for next year’s clinical psych major. Skim through it and see how much of it is to do with eating disorders. Then, you could notify your professor, but I think the most he could do is just be very sensitive about it and careful, but he would still have to teach it. Alternatively you could (but I don’t really rec this) skip those lectures and read about them online or get reading material from prof.

    Hope this helps, and if you are on your way to being a therapist, good job & don’t get discouraged. One day you will be giving advice like this out to your client and you will be able to tell them from experience!

    One more thing – I would suggest a support friend who can be there when these lectures are being given, when you are learning about these things, and who can be there to make sure that you still eat and are healthy. Give it a go, and if it doesn’t work and if it triggers too much, then switch to behavioural psych (very very interesting) x

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