Ritically discuss the contention that mental illness is a social construct.

Question: Critically discuss the contention that mental illness is a social construct.

Pick at least two mental illnesses e.g. Schizophrenia, depression, autism…etc. and criticallly discuss the arguement that the mental illnesses are socially constructed or not.
Learning outcomes:
a? Critically evaluate a range of explanations of psychological disorders and emotional disturbances.
a? Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between theory and practice in the fields of abnormal psychology and counselling.
a? Demonstrate an ability to select appropriate models and research evidence to account for disturbances in thought and behaviour.
a? Present, evaluate and interpret complex information derived from a wide range of sources to develop lines of argument in accordance with theories and concepts in the fields of abnormal psychology and counselling.
a? Effectively communicate information, ideas, arguments, analysis, problems and solutions in written form

Assessment Advice

a? Your answer needs to be supported by specific reference to relevant disorders, appropriate psychological theories and research evidence.
a? Reference to key debates and up-to-date literature is necessary to achieve higher marks.
a? Where appropriate, it would be useful to discuss the implications for counselling theory and practice of competing arguments concerning the nature of psychological disturbances (e.g. the relative importance of phenomenology, unconscious processes, cognitive processing, childhood experiences, and so on).