Drug Companies Start Petition to Persuade Dictionaries


The drug companies Takeda and Lundbeck issued a press release on May 18, 2015, announcing the launch of their public petition to convince the Oxford Dictionary, Dictionary.com and other popular dictionaries to include “Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and all of the symptoms associated with it in their dictionaries.”

“By bringing attention to the definition of MDD specifically, the petition aims to raise awareness of the complexity and seriousness of the disorder so people can seek the help they need from a doctor,” states the press release.

As of May 30th, the petition had 401 signatures with a goal of 10,000.

New Petition To Help Build Awareness of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), One of the Most Common Mental Disorders in the U.S. (Takeda/Lundbeck Alliance press release on PR Newswire, May 18, 2015)

Support Adding Definition of Major Depressive Disorder in Dictionaries (iPetitions)


    • I think those of us who hadn’t read Szasz, so weren’t aware of the stupidity of psychiatry’s games with those they’d promised to “first and foremost, do no harm,” should do some defining of our own. How bizarre some morons, who’d claimed they were doctors and promised to heal me, had delusions of grandeur it was their right to merely “define,” then torture me. No thanks, I’ll write my own story instead, and point out what hypocritical attempted murderers you are instead.

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  1. Another attempt by the robber baron drug companies to throw their net wider to entrap more and more people into getting hooked on their drugs. All of this is so easy to see and figure out so it amazes me that the American public bites the “bait” and swallows everything hook, line, and sinker.

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