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The Future of Psychology

In the near future I expect the entire world of psychology and psychiatry to change drastically. The medical basis for psychiatric disorders will be fully understood and new treatment options will arise. The best treatments for medical and psychiatric disorders will include both, therapy and medicine (holistic and/or prescription.)

The role of the mental health professional will be different. Until now, many psychologists believe that they should only treat one family member and if others need help they should have their own special person. I too have been trained and prefer this. However, I think the field of psychology is changing. People view their therapist as the family’s doctor. They trust the individual and want to be seen by the person who knows the family. Psychologists will start to practice as dentists do. They will see many members of the family for wellness check-ups; preventative interventions, and when necessary, for crisis intervention.