High School Senior interested in psychiatry or psychology

Discussion forum for all medical education issues, including residency programs, medical schools, etc.

High School Senior interested in psychiatry or psychology

Postby Rissa2011 » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:02 pm

Ok, so I am graduating high school this year and it's come time for the "what i wanna be when i grow up" session. I am really interested in psychology and psychiatry, mostly abnormal mental illness. However I can't decide what i want to actually pursue. I'm not exactly math and science savvy, being more of a music, art, and writing whiz. Im worried that if i go into psychiatry i won't have what it takes to get into and through medical school, but if i go into psychology I wont have the immersion in abnormal mental illness that i'm looking for. Eventually I want to become a full time free lance novelist and writing about mental illness is interesting so, i guess, what i'm really wondering is, which field is more interesting?

Re: High School Senior interested in psychiatry or psycholog

Postby DrDave » Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:17 am


I'll start with your last question - and that is that both areas are equally interesting, but perhaps differently to different people. The two areas are obviously very much related.

I think that you really don't need to worry about psychology not allowing you to have a deep enough immersion into serious mental illness. As a psychologist, you would have many different choices as to what type of area you want to focus. You also have a lot of time to sort out what you want to do as a career.

You can always try some of the pre-med coursework in college to see if you are able to handle the work load - assuming you may be interested in going to medical school. If you are pretty sure you don't want to go to medical school, then just take intro to psychology your freshman year of college and go from there.

If you truly believe you will wind up being a writer, then going to medical school is really unnecessary. However, I would strongly encourage you to also pursue a field where you can more easily support yourself than being a writer (and psychologist fits the bill). I would think it would be very difficult to make a living as a writer, but some people are able to do it. I always think it is good idea to keep your options open.
User avatar
Posts: 858
Joined: Sun May 18, 2008 5:10 pm

Return to Medical Education Discussions


  • Related topics
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest