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Old 06-03-2012, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Hey there forum people. So, i've been diagnosed with shizotypal disorder. (or however you spell it) Anyway, I really want to be a research psychologist. I'm currently in college, i've done better with people, therapy is really elping, but will I ever be able to live like a normal person?
I mean, it's kinda fun being the weird me, but if this will ruin my life then I just want to be a normal stereotypical human! So, is it possible for me to get a professional scientific job?
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:29 PM
 
Location: On the Plateau in Tn.
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Schizophrenia? or do you just have some of the symptoms of it? There are several types of schizophrenia from severe to mild. Most are treated with medication and as long as the meds are taken as prescribed the person is usually fine. Counseling is also helpful, so keep it up. Normal is whatever works for you! Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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schizotypal personality disorder. I've been perscribed lithium and Clozapine.

From wikipedia:
A pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts as indicated by 5 or more:[list][*]Ideas of reference (excluding delusions of reference)Odd beliefs or magical thinkingthat is inconsistent with subcultural norms (e.g. superstition, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy, "sixth sense", or bizarre fantasies or preoccupations)Unusual perceptual experiences, including bodily illusionsOdd thinking and speech (e.g. vague, circumstantial, metaphorical, or stereotyped speaking)Suspiciousness or paranoid ideation Inappropriate or constricted affectBehavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric or peculiarLack of close friends or confidants other than first degree relative Excessive social anxiety that does not diminish with familiarity and tends to be associated with paranoid fears rather than negative judgments about self


so, can someone with a mental illness be a psychologist? mine is fairly mild, so I hope so.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:03 PM
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Dunno, probly could, but remind me never to go to you for help should you ever become one.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Have you ever seen the movie A beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Hey there forum people. So, i've been diagnosed with shizotypal disorder. (or however you spell it) Anyway, I really want to be a research psychologist. I'm currently in college, i've done better with people, therapy is really elping, but will I ever be able to live like a normal person?
I mean, it's kinda fun being the weird me, but if this will ruin my life then I just want to be a normal stereotypical human! So, is it possible for me to get a professional scientific job?

i agree with animalcrazy watch that movie if you haven't, it's based on a true story.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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Hey there forum people. So, i've been diagnosed with shizotypal disorder. (or however you spell it) Anyway, I really want to be a research psychologist. I'm currently in college, i've done better with people, therapy is really elping, but will I ever be able to live like a normal person?
I mean, it's kinda fun being the weird me, but if this will ruin my life then I just want to be a normal stereotypical human! So, is it possible for me to get a professional scientific job?


Sure it is! It is classified under the Personality Disorders, but is frequently viewed as part of the Schizophrenic Spectrum.

You have several favourable factors. You are young, you are in treatment, it sounds like you have good awareness of the condition. You have selected a profession (research) that might deal mainly w/ data gathering (which might limit the uncomfortable interpersonal relationships).

My advice, stay in treatment, keep (develop) your sense of humour, learn as much as you can about appropriate (acceptable ideas and social responses) behaviours. Never lose the part of you that enjoys "the weird me".

Oh and John Nash (the real person that Russell Crowe plays in the movie, has full blown Schizophenia.

Good luck, stay in school and finish that degree!
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Old 06-04-2012, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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I don't know how you are in school, but I would see no problem in a research related field. IMHO I would not go into a field where you interacted with patients or clients in a therapy situation. I could see some problems developing with a therapist or someone who had to interpret behavioral data in person who had trouble with what is and is not reality. Other then that you can do anything that you are qualified for. It's good to hear that your therapy and meds are working well for you. Good luck and keep up the good work!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I don't know how you are in school, but I would see no problem in a research related field. IMHO I would not go into a field where you interacted with patients or clients in a therapy situation. I could see some problems developing with a therapist or someone who had to interpret behavioral data in person who had trouble with what is and is not reality. Other then that you can do anything that you are qualified for. It's good to hear that your therapy and meds are working well for you. Good luck and keep up the good work!
What do you mean you don't know how I am in school? I did what most people do, go to highschool, work hard and apply for a college!
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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What I meant was that I don't know how well you do at school. I apologize if it sounded like I thought you were an idiot because I don't. Sometimes even when people make really good grades they just don't like school and the post graduate work of 4 to 6 years that it takes for the professional position you are talking about is just too much to deal with. I don't mean that you can't do it.
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