Reflection Of A Personal Experience From A Major Mental Illness

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Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the United States, suffers from a major mental illness in a given year (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2013). According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (2013), 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced at least one mental illness such as anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2013). In addition, those who have experienced symptoms of anxiety disorders are plagued with severe social, occupational and interpersonal impairment. These individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders are more prone to be diagnosed with a substance use disorder. Furthermore, this is primarily due to the lack of knowledge regarding …show more content…
I have a solid background in areas of assessments, consultation, statistics, theory system, research, report writing, crisis interventions, response to interventions, laws and ethics, roles and function of counseling techniques. Also my exceptional experience and training as a behavioral health clinician intern. During my tenure as an intern, I have gain rich and counseling and research based interventions. In this role, I consulted client’s regarding treatment plans, facilitated groups and provided counseling and research based interventions. In addition to my mental health and academic experiences, my ability to work in diverse and cohesive climate has greatly prepared me to be a prosperous …show more content…
Furthermore, having the opportunity to attend Vanderbilt University doctorate program will allow me to further my education and achieve my aspirations of becoming a clinical psychologist. The Clinical Psychology department has a strong emphasis in research concerning emotions, stress, and coping skills that will aid in my development. The level of scholarly research produced by the department also attracts me. In particular, there are two faculty members, Dr. Bunmi O. Olatunji and Dr. Craig Smith that I am most interested in working with because the nature of their research greatly aligns with my interest in emotion, anxiety, and coping skills. Specifically Dr. Bunmi O. Olatunji current research regarding examining the relationship between the experience of disgust and specific anxiety disorder symptoms aligns with my research interest in emotions. The research conducted by Dr. Craig Smith that involves examining the roles of emotion and coping in long term adaption to chronic health conditions are related to my research interest concerning stress and coping skills. The opportunity to work with one of these professors would be an excellent way to future my research interest as well as my research

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