Commercialization vs. Medicalization - Neuroskeptic
When a relationship starts going sour, it's not quite as simple as stamping your feet and calling it quits. Staying in an unhappy relationship might. An Epidemic of Depression or the Medicalization of. Distress? Roger T. .. tent unhappiness are conceptualized as illness. In the 18th and 19th. Are you feeling disillusioned with your partner? Have you ever thought that it could be you - and your attitude - that is robbing you of the joy of a.
And they do have downsides, as does caffeine.
The mental illness industry is medicalising normality | Lisa Appignanesi | Opinion | The Guardian
I think they both actually cause long term damage in the brains ability to function. It seems like there's as much logic in it as there is in prohibiting marijuana but allowing alcohol use.
Anonymous Really interesting post. I think I might be one of those who have taken these ideas, in your words, a step 'too far'.
In the case of depression that is situational, a diagnosis in my opinion makes no sense — sorting out the root problem does. It seems that people these days are desperate to be diagnosed. Which is sort of the biggest problem.
The mental illness industry is medicalising normality
As I've mentioned, I don't 'believe' in depression as such — I think some people are just naturally I'm going to use the word 'unhappy' here — I know depression constitutes a lot more than unhappiness, but please, no yelling. And there's nothing wrong with being that way — sure, they got the short end of the stick, but they can live with it, mostly.
And again, if they can't, what's so bad about that? I'm starting to think I may have found a kindred spirit in Mr.
I don't know, I think life is too short to spend time wasting it on doctors visits. We should all just get on with it.
- Why do we stay in relationships that make us unhappy?
The potential benefits of the drugs used to treat depression, etc. Sorry for the long post! And being anonymous, I don't have any accounts.
I shall continue to lurk though. Lisa I'm gently, without yelling, telling anonymous I disagree with him or her. My first depression occured when I was 16 years old. Then the shizoaffective disorder bipolar type hit me at 19 years old. I've had adhd and ocd since I can remember. I take medication for all of those things…yes, it's a lot of medication.
Without it, I'm not very functional and life isn't fun. I would invite you to live a month in my shoes…. I bet you wouldn't last 2 weeks. If you have a headache, you take Tylenol to relieve the pain.
If the medication was available OTC, I don't think you would see the same kind of discipline from people in taking the pills as when it is given in a prescription from a doctor. In the interests of full disclosure, I am firmly in the anti-antidepressant camp.
Psychotropic medications should only be used in severe cases, as they are dangerous and physically addictive, leading to worse long-term outcomes, and CREATING rather than fix any mythical neurochemical imbalances. These drugs should not be mass-consumed by the public, and they should not be available OTC. So if you're depressed or have anxiety, for example, your insurance will pay for treatment until these symptoms no longer interfere with daily functioning.
It's very similar to the western medical model. If you have an ear ache, you go to the doctor, they diagnose an ear infection based on observable symptoms, and you're given an antibiotic. If you've ever had severe anxiety or depression, quick, effective, symptom reduction is what you need to return to your day-to-day life.
What if that's not enough? What if you want to understand why you have these symptoms? What if you want to make sure they don't recur? What if you want to understand yourself better, and continue to grow and feel more whole as a human being? What if you don't have any severely limiting symptoms, but feel generally unhappy, or find yourself in unhealthy behavioral or relationship patterns, or feel like you're not reaching your full potential?
The Most Common Source Of Unhappiness In Relationships - mindbodygreen
Where does that fit into this model? And maybe it shouldn't, but it feels like a loss of what psychology can bring to enhancing the quality of people's lives. Maybe this is just a problem of the priviledged. Over the last 40 years The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — the bible of the psychiatric professions — has spawned more and more diagnostic categories, "inventing" disorders along the way and radically reducing the range of what can be construed as normal or sane.
Meanwhile Big Pharma, feeding its appetite for profits and ours for drugs, has gained an ever greater hold over our mental and emotional lives, medicalising normality. The more studies that come along to tell us about the rise in mental illness, the more we fit our problems and unhappiness into a category of mental disorder, developing symptoms to take to the doctor in search of a cure.
Humans are suggestible creatures. And doctors like to help: If doctors — rather than politicians or teachers or priests or friends and family — are to be the guardians of our wellbeing, then doctors really should be provided with new kinds of "treatments" for their patients.
Psycho and group therapy could, of course, be rolled out, and not just of the week variety: But doctors could recommend group running for depression, proved to have far better effects than SSRIs.
Reading groups, too, offer a definite lift. Mentors for those on street drugs rather than the legit kind could be provided.