The biomedical model of mental disorder: a critical analysis of its validity, utility, and effects on psychotherapy research.

@article{Deacon2013TheBM,
  title={The biomedical model of mental disorder: a critical analysis of its validity, utility, and effects on psychotherapy research.},
  author={Brett J. Deacon},
  journal={Clinical psychology review},
  year={2013},
  volume={33 7},
  pages={846-61}
}
The biomedical model posits that mental disorders are brain diseases and emphasizes pharmacological treatment to target presumed biological abnormalities. A biologically-focused approach to science, policy, and practice has dominated the American healthcare system for more than three decades. During this time, the use of psychiatric medications has sharply increased and mental disorders have become commonly regarded as brain diseases caused by chemical imbalances that are corrected with disease… CONTINUE READING
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