When certain behaviors, character traits or even plus-points become a "medical problem", it is called "medicalization". It is simply taking any and every behavior and qualifying it as a medical problem.
No wonder Health Care costs are so high. One of the worst culprits, when it comes to deeming all of life's normal behaviors as a medical problem, is the field of psychiatry.
Recently, a thought-provoking article was written on medicalization by Jeremy Cox and published in The Florida Times Union. This article is in response to a study published in "Social Science & Medicine" One of the authors in the study, Peter Conrad, is reported to have said that "medicalization can lead to what Conrad and other critics call 'over-medicalization' of certain conditions. Look at attention deficit hyperactivity disorder."
ADHD has been a subject of many discussions for many decades. Yet, when the facts are examined closely, as many parents are doing these days, we see a clear picture of fraud, deceit and money.
The fraud being, that psychiatrists, themselves, admit there is no medical test that can evidence one single psychiatric disorder that is listed in their diagnostic manual.
Deceit, because parents are led to believe that their child has a disorder, when in fact, this "disorder" is voted upon in a room full of psychiatrists with ties to pharmaceutical industries.
In 2006, psychologists Lisa Cosgrove, Manisha Vijayaraghavan and Lisa Schneider from the University of Massachusetts and Sheldon Krimsky, a Tufts University professor, published their study “Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry” in the journal, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. “Of the 170 DSM panel members,” they wrote, “95 (56%) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies.” These disorders represent the largest categories of psychiatric drugs in the world: annual sales of $20 billion for antidepressants and $14 billion for antipsychotic drugs.
Money, because all one needs to do is follow the dollar amounts that are passing through the hands of those with vested interests in labeling, diagnosing and drugging the nation's children.
The statistic given in this medicalization article is that "ADHD was a rarely diagnosed childhood disorder in 1970s, but the criteria for diagnoses and age span have broadened over the years. Now, 7 percent of children, some as young as 2 have been labeled as having ADHD. In Europe, where childhood conditions are geneally less medicalized, the diagnoses are close to 1 percent."
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