Would you suggest psychiatry as a career to go into if you like to deal with the brain? Please list the bad points about psychiatry , so that I may avoid it if needed.
Speaking personally, I thought my psych experience was simultaneously fascinating, depressing, and unsatisfying. The pathology will blow you away because never in your life did you think neurons were capable of firing in the ridiculously f'd up way they are in some of the sick people. The life stories of most of the people will make you want to curl up in a fetal position and quiver... childhood abuse and rape were prevalent- and this was not in a inner city- and the injustices many had to suffer were just mind boggling... pretty often a group of people who never really stood a chance at life given the deck of cards they were dealt. Ultimately I found it to be tremendously unsatisfying. The diagnosis seemed to be assigned too arbitrarily and half hazerdly and the overlap in treatments suggested you were just throwing 18 meds hoping one would work. Additionally, treatment sucked.... I mean absolutely blew. I left everyday with the feeling that we really didn't do anything. There is NO effective treatment of bad schizophrenia which caught a fully functioning person in the prime of their lives. So in my mind I was left with a field with questionable algorithms at how they arrived at diagnosis, and treatment options were didn't work. No pill or surgery is going to fixed up life filled with abuse and abandonment. I admire inpatient psychiatrists passionate about their job, but would never in a million years do it. Had a little bread and butter outpatient experience, and just found it way too boring... great lifestyle though.