evaluation of the biological approach

evaluation points for the biological approach

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reliability of diagnosis

  • focusses on specific symptoms so its more likely that psychaiatrists will make the same desicion about a patient
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effective treatments

  • 2 main treatments are drugs and ECT
  • drugs target neurotransmitters and there is evidence that they are quite effective. if the treatments work, it suggests the explanations are valid
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  • biological model ignores other factors such as childhood experiences and conscious thoughts, it only gives a limited understanding of the mental illness in question
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conflicting evidence

  • identical twins don't have cocordence rates of 100% for any mental illness
  • this means that there must be other factors influencing the development of mental illnesses such as childhood experiences
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