When I chose to do a degree in psychology, everybody thought I was nuts. My parents could barely understand why I would do such a thing; they thought I was wasting my potential. My relatives tried everything they could to convince me to do something more ‘serious’. Which is mostly just a euphemism for ‘medicine’. After all, which relative doesn’t want a doctor in the family? No matter what I said, I couldn’t make them see the value of a psychology degree. Frankly, it was frustrating and that drove me to be even more resolute in my decision.
I’ve finished school now and I can confidently say that I made the right decision. Even my parents came around after some of their peers told them that it was not only a good field to be interested in, but an important one as well. However, my choice opened my eyes to how little mental health means to us in this country. There is a reason my family thought so little of my decision to pursue mental health as a career option. [Read more…]