ABNORMALITY - BIO

The Biological Approach. + eval

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  • ABNORMALITY
    • BIOLOGICAL APPROACH
      • Mental disorders are thought to be related to the physical structure and functioning of the brain.
      • 4 PHYSICAL CAUSES:
        • BRAIN DAMAGE
          • deteriotation
          • Alzheimers -  breakdown of nerve cells
        • INFECTION
          • bacteria
          • Syphillis - STD cause mental illnesses, treatable (antibotics)
        • BIOCHEMISTRY
          • Schizophrenia - linked, too much dopamine neurotransmitter
          • neurotransmitters - wrong amounts
          • Depression - linked a decrease of serotonin
        • GENES
          • genetic link
          • -Schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder
          • Twin studies - are used as a way of studying this prospect
    • EVALUATION - OF BIO
      • No Blame
        • implies the person is not responsible
      • Stigma
        • SZASZ - mental illness is something people fear
          • Do not understand
          • Dangerous? Avoidance.. Shunned!
      • Reductionist
        • most fundamental level
        • ignoring.. psychological disorders
          • Other factors: learned patterns, ways of thinking & emotional experiences
      • Relinquishing responsibilty
        • 'passive patients'
        • responsible for their own recovery
  • neurotransmitters - wrong amounts

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