The Importance Of Psychology In The Field Of Clinical Psychology

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Psychology is the study of behavior and minds, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought. It is a social science, where the main goal is to understand individuals and groups. A major in psychology gives students the resources to obtain many different types of jobs, from research work to clinical work. A clinical psychologist diagnoses and treats mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Clinical psychologists work in many different types of facilities, but mainly in the hospital or mental health hospital. This job proposes its own threat to the environment, on top of the many environmental issues hospitals dispense. There is also a field in psychology that looks at the behavior and interaction of humans …show more content…
These types of psychologists aim to understand the relationship between individuals and the environment and promote healthy lifestyles through the education and enjoyment of the natural world. Through reforms and education, the issues that are prominent in the field of clinical psychology can be fixed a presented by addressing the issues with disposal and contamination of psychotherapeutic drugs, the greening of hospitals, and promotion of environmental based therapies for mental disorders. One of the ways to treat mental disorders is through the use of psychotherapy drugs. Psychoactive drugs change the brains functions and result in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness. Psychoactive drugs that are used to treat mental illnesses and disorders include Xanax, Zoloft, Valium, Prozac, and Lexapro. The use of these drugs ranges in the tens of millions, which leads to a high level of these drugs leaking into water supplies through human secretion and improper disposal. In general, drugs in freshwater sources can cause harmful effects on the …show more content…
The amount of waste produced per day is astonishing and can be very hazardous to the environment. “Hospitals in the US produce approximately 6700 tons of waste per day; healthcare waste is the fourth largest contributor of mercury to the environment” (Pasqualini, Andreaia, et al., 1) Mercury poses a huge threat to both the environment and humans alike and therefore must be disposed of very carefully, but the disposal methods costs hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars per year. The reduction of waste could ultimately lead to more money being saved and better patient satisfaction. Current disposal methods for medical waste include incineration and chemical treatments, however these treatments also pose dangerous threats to the environment. The best way to fix these issues is to reduce the amount of waste being produced in order to decrease the number of chemicals and hazardous waste entering the

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