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WHAT DO PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

WHAT DO PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

We are used to the idea that we need to keep our bodies fit and healthy. We often assume that our minds take care of themselves. The rates of depression and anxiety in our society show us how mistaken that idea can be, which can be seen by clicking on the following link.

Prevalence of mental illness in Australia

Just as we can have poor physical health habits, so we can have poor mental health habits. Perhaps you remember your parents having unpleasant arguments which never seemed to resolve. Or you know people who can never seem to muster the confidence to do the things that you feel sure may help them be happier, or solve their problems.

Resolving conflicts, negotiating mutually helpful solutions and solving problems all require skills. People do not always learn those skills when they are growing up. If they do not learn them then, they will need to learn them at some point in order to live well. One way of learning important skills is by seeing a psychologist.

Some of the most important skills psychologists help you develop are those to do with mood management and the management of distress and negative emotions. It is important that you are able to be aware of and identify emotions, have ways of managing emotion so you recover from anxiety and depression, use emotions to help you problem solve and finally know how to manage emotions so you stay well.

Psychologists help you get healthy and stay healthy. However, there are some common misconceptions about psychology. It is important that you are aware of the things that psychology cannot do.