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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Psychology

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Stool Withholding: A Psychological Problem? [posted 10/20/98]
Question: My eight-year-old son is being treated by a Psychologist for stool withholding. He has had extensive tests that show no physical problem. The Psychologist has advised my former wife to give him Kondremul 2 times a day to assist with this problem. He has been taking this medicine for over four months now. While he was away with me on vacation I discontinued the Kondremul and he had regular bowel movements. His mother however, insists that his psychological problem can not be cured without this medicine. Is this common treatment or should we get another opinion? I am concerned with the possible problems associated with prolonged use of this medicine. Thank you for any information you can provide.

Answer: Get another opinion.

Psychological Problem [posted 8/11/98]
Question: I feel threatened in situations where other people in authority seem always to be looking at me. What should I do?

Answer: See a psychiatrist or medical social worker.

School Psychology
Question: What majors/ backgrounds should I be concentrating on in order to become a school psychologist?

Answer: Most of the sciences will give you an entree into graduate school. You need to get accepted, so grades and the quality of your school really matter. Focus on psychology and basic sciences initially. Then ensure that you have some depth. That is, literature, acting, other things that widen your range as a human and hopefully are fun. Right sided brain function is very important to a psychologist, so work on developing your right brain function.

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