Hi all, I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder recently. Previously I was diagnosed with anxiety, OCD, and depression, and I continue to struggle with binge eating. However, in some ways, I do want to be a psychologist, specifically, a clinical psychologist. I thought that instead of doing this I would be a nurse, because then I wouldn't be a mentally ill person working with the mentally ill or those with developmental difficulties, ect. My boyfriend tells me very often that he doesn't see how someone with a mental illness, or mental difficulties,could be a therapist trying to counsel people. He contends that I would be a better nurse. Still, I've wanted to do this for a long time, though, and I'm already in my junior year of my psychology major. I could switch over to nursing if I wanted to, though. However, nursing is attractive to me, too. I feel like maybe NOT working the mentally ill would be easier for me, or more straightforward. And maybe that job would be better for my disposition, as I am very prone to stress. I'm also worried about the stress level of dealing with people's problems on a daily basis, which I wouldn't do as a nurse. Plus, nursing is a quicker path, and I do have an interest in medicine. I just don't know what decision I want to make...and I need to make this decision soon. I really want to do both, I guess, but I DON'T feel that psychiatric NPs have the depth of knowledge I am looking for. Does anyone have any ideas?