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Disadvantages Of The Biological Model

Benefits and Blunders of the Biological Model
Due to strong roots in genetic studies and neurobiological research, the biological method of treating mental disorders has become increasingly more effective in recent decades. Psychologists using the biological model work with concrete causes of the disorders, whether this be an inherited trait or an imbalance in brain chemistry. By utilizing the physical causes of these disorders, researchers can target and eradicate the symptoms more efficiently. Unfortunately, the use of the biological model on its own can lead to neglect of other possible causes. This disregard for cognitive and behavioral causes and treatments could resign patients to an unfulfilling line of treatments, and more trouble in
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The Biological model can house many weaknesses within its parameters, particularly in respect to its effects on patients. The model can often be ambiguous and rather unhelpful in diagnosing and treating all types of patients. Dosage of medication oftentimes follows a rough outline of “guess and check” which can lead to elongated impairment of the the patient. The model also uses general ideations of brain chemistry to make informed judgements about individual patients, which can lead to a stunting lack of individualization that patients could benefit from. In using the Biological Model alone, other plausible causes may be disregarded, leaving the patient with an incomplete treatment plan and a decreased chance at improvement. Not only does the Biological model limit the recovery of the patient, but it can also limit their initial accessibility to these treatments. Many medications or procedures are expensive or only given by particular specialists depending on the disorder. In this, patients may find themselves unable to even…show more content…
Across widely studied disorders, the model has shown itself to be rather effective in reducing common symptoms. In the continuation of these treatments, patients can see results that last as long as their prescription does, which can be especially helpful when considering disorders such as OCD that tend to be recurrent over a lifetime. Despite variance in individuals, many medications provide some sort of relief to the patients, especially the more common disorders. This, perhaps, can be explained by the hard evidence that supports the theories of the model. Experiments can provide an in-depth exploration of a medication’s uses that can then be recorded more easily than the other two models. Though experiments are the only method in which causation can be implied, case studies and correlational studies can help to provide addition theories and information revolving around the ‘untestable’ aspects of biology. The Biological method also provides objective treatment options that can be beneficial regardless of who is administering the treatment, ultimately cutting down on the negative aspects of subjectivity from the therapist. Medication alone has no demographic preferences that could have possibly affected the outcome of treatment in other models with a human factor. In some cases, the stigma surrounding the Biological model can
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