Biological psychiatric problems garner less empathy

December 5, 2014 9:30 PM

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(Reuters Health) - Given more information about the biology of a mental disorder, doctors and therapists react with less empathy for the patient, a new study finds.

The study didn't involve real patients - only short descriptions of fictional cases. Still, it found that psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers expressed more empathy for patients with conditions explained as biological rather than psychological.

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