Clinical psychology is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. While clinical psychologists often work in medical settings, they are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medications.

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Specialty areas within clinical psychology include:

  • child mental health
  • adult mental health
  • learning disabilities
  • emotional disturbances
  • substance abuse
  • geriatrics
  • health psychology.

Clinical psychologists are trained in a range of techniques and theoretical approaches. Some specialize in treating certain psychological disorders, while others work with clients with a wide variety of problems. Clinical psychologists also treat some of the most severe psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression.

Clinical psychologists have to keep detailed records of client assessment, diagnosis, therapeutic goals, and treatment notes. 

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