Biological approach to psychopathology

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  • Assumes that mental illness is caused by abnormal biological processes. e.g. genetics and biochemistry. Sees abnormality as an illness. 
  • Suggests there are four physical causes of mental disorders:

    -Brain damage
    If structure of brain is damaged could cause abnormal behavior and mental illness. Treatment won't help.
    Example: alcohol abuse can cause brain damage which can result in memory damage. 

    Infection can cause mental illness. Research has found that 14% of schizophrenic's illness may be due to a flu virus.

    If neurotransmitters or hormones are out of balance, it can cause mental illness. E.g…


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