Psych was never a field I wanted to go into. I am, in general, a logical person and I like to know I have made a difference or actually helped someone. I never thought that psych would meet either of these conditions. However, now that I am actually working on a psych ward it is clear to me that this is not the case.
First off, psychiatry is very scientific and evidence based. It hard to see this at first because people tend to think of emotions and thoughts as vague and amorphous. However, there is so much science and neurophysiology tied to these conditions. Many of the pathways are still theoretical, but I would argue that being able to establish connections and associations and to postulate mechanisms of action is actually very logical. There are many ethical hazards to experimenting on human brains, and controlling for environmental and developmental influences is nearly impossible; but despite these challenges, psychiatry is on the cutting edge of research today.
Secondly, once you see the dramatic effects these conditions have on people’s lives it is hard to deny that you are making a difference. There are so many patients whose lives are completely changed after a psychotic break, traumatic experience, or unfortunate situation. Making a difference in a person’s life is always difficult, but psychiatry is definitely a field where there is limitless room to help.