International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010


Patients, symptoms, disorders, organicism and psychopathology.

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010 - Pages 293-314


Esteban Ezama Coto , Yolanda Alonso , Yolanda Fontanil G?mez


This article deals with the concept of ?mental disorder? and its vicissitudes (including its classifcation and diagnosis), with the conventional concepts of illness, disorder and symptom, the alterna-tive concepts of failure, dysfunction and complaint, and the organic, biological nature of psychical dysfunction. The aim of this report is to criticize openly the adoption of the medical concept of disease by psychopathologists and psychotherapists (or its soft version ?disorder?) and to lead the reader to a perspective change by offering solid conceptual as well as practical alternatives.

Key words:

Psychopathology, mental illness, psychological diagnosis, biomedical model, constructivism.

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