Essay about A Research Study Of Psychology

903 Words Sep 18th, 2016 4 Pages
From a very early age in life, I recall being fascinated by the field and study of psychiatry. Medicine, specifically mental health, has always been my passion. When I was 15 years old, my sister experienced a sudden onset depression, which developed into psychotic episodes, bulimia, anorexia, and several suicide attempts. I had always thought of our childhood as happy and stable, and for the first time I realized that there must be other factors that contribute to mental illness.
At the age of 17, I conducted a cross sectional study to determine if there was a correlation between familial genetics and depression. Based on this work, I was chosen to represent my province at the Canada Wide Science Fair in Newfoundland, for which I received the prestigious Genome Award. A year later, a panel of scientists selected me as one of twenty-three students across Canada to spend a week in Edmonton learning about gene behavior, with Dr. Diana Cox. She is a world renowned gene researcher who has contributing a lot in the study of Wilson’s Disease, which was fascinating to me, as patients of this disease exhibit both neurological and psychiatric symptoms. Besides learning a great deal about genes from her, Dr. Cox also inspired me to work hard to achieve my goals.
Having had this prior experience, I was expecting to be interested a lot more in psychiatry once I reached medical school. Unexpectedly, during my 2nd year, I was devastated when my childhood best friend committed suicide.…

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