I think having been diagnosed with schizophrenia and generalized anxiety disorder, and previous to that major depressive disorder, and all of my bad life experiences make me more empathic to other people’s mental suffering, which is one reason why I’m a psychology major. I hope to eventually earn a Ph.D. in psychology, so I can actually help people. Sort of the wounded healer type of thing.
What do you think? Are people who have actually suffered from mental illness potentially better psychologists than people who have never actually suffered much of anything. I have a therapist right now (the clinic where I go to see my psychiatrist requires that you see a therapist too) who isn’t very effective. Any time I try to talk to him about something deep or painful or upsetting, he just brushes me off and changes the subject. He only likes to talk about the weather and how my schooling is going.