Warning on medicalisation of mental health

Doctors should tread carefully when using biological and genetic factors to explain patients' psychological problems, Australian researchers warn.

While a long-running trend to medicalise mental illness may have helped ease blame and reduce public stigma, this could have come at a cost to patients' prognoses, psychologists from the University of Melbourne argue.

After reviewing four separate meta-analyses on the subject, they concluded that biogenetic explanations of mental illness tended to