Psychological Perspectives On Mental Health Disorders

1728 Words Nov 5th, 2014 7 Pages
According to the world heath organisation (2010) “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. When looking at the aspect of health most people will mention characteristics of physical health yet fail to include mental health. Psychological perspectives are the different ways in which psychologists look at individual’s behaviours, thoughts and feelings. Although some of the psychological perspectives are very different while others are similar and seem to overlap, it is important to note that there isn’t simply one correct perspective and that each of the perspectives has their strengths and weaknesses. In this essay I am going to look into the different psychological perspectives and how they offer us an understanding on behaviours that have an influence over our health I will however be primarily be focusing on mental health disorders. Although psychological perspectives may help us get an understanding of behaviours or show us ways that psychological perspective has helped create solutions that may ease symptoms, it wont fully explain them.

The description given by the World Health Organisation is the most frequently used when trying to give an accurate description on health however it still contains some faults and receives criticism from some. Some question whether according to this description if it possible to be truly ‘healthy’ (Warwick-Booth, Cross & Lowcock, 2012). Both psychological…
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