The Medicalization Movement: How Emotions Are Being Turned Into Diseases


From Medium: “Ignoring everyday human suffering and mental and emotional development is at the heart of the medicalization issue. From a seven-year-old boy in Canada who, by virtue of his November birth month, has been mistakenly diagnosed with ADHD to Nadiya who, while mourning the recent death of her parent, is labeled as having a significant depressive disorder, we see the range of assumptions that the field of psychiatry and the DSM make and in doing so, contribute to a harmful over-medicalisation of Western society. Are we really all suffering from a pathological mental disease, or are we being told that having human negative feelings is so wrong that it warrants us going down the rabbit hole to a world of medication, social discrimination, and possible isolation from our community as a consequence of extra-special treatment?”

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