Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum - Shedding a light on psychology

by CAMH on February 5, 2015
The official blog of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

By Dr. Donna Ferguson, Psychologist with the WSIB Psychological Trauma Program

As a psychologist, I sometimes wonder what people think about my profession. A common question I oftenhear when I meet people for the first time is, “So does that mean you are psychoanalyzing me?”. With February being Psychology Month, I thought this might be a great time to shed a bit of light about psychologists, who we are, and what we do.

What is psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context. It’s quite a broad definition, and you’ll learn that our practice spans a variety of disciplines. Some psychologists are more involved in the physical aspects of the mind. Clinical neuropsychologists for example, study brain structure and functions, and how changes can impact the thought process in individuals.