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Description

What is a psychologist? A psychologist is a mental health professional who has received specialized training in the study of the mind and emotions.

When to visit

When would you see a psychologist? Some of the following reasons are examples of why a person may see a psychologist: your emotions change rapidly and you experience intense episodes of sadness or irritability;  your anger reached such out of proportion levels that others find it inappropriate, intense, and refer to you as being out of control; you find yourself throwing temper-tantrums, having panic attacks or anxiety attacks on a daily basis; you suffer from constant feelings of emptiness and boredom; you engage in two or more self-damaging or destructive acts; or you are suspicious of everything, and are paranoid much more often than most.

What to expect

What would you expect during a visit with a psychologist? During your visit the psychologist will take a detailed history of your life and family. You might be given a few tests, but that is not real likely the first visit. He/she will explain to you the limits of confidentiality. You will be asked to explain in detail what your concern is and why are you coming. It is vital that you be as open and honest as you can be.

 How often to visit

How often should you visit a psychologist? The frequency of visits to a psychologist would depend on each individual situation.

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