Is the increasing medicalisation of society inevitable? Or is there a better way?

With mission creep in medicalisation categorising normal human challenges as “sickness” do we need to call a halt? Can we even expect a reversal of today’s medicalisation trends based on a better model of understanding health as normal?

Here is an excerpt from The “Medicalisation of Normality” or the Normalisation of Health? Let’s Choose Wisely – my most recent Huffington Post UK blog.

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Yesterday you were shy, bereaved, apathetic, eccentric.

Today you are mentally ill.

But don’t worry. Nothing has changed except some new labelling appearing in the upcoming edition of a manual of mental disorders to be published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Or should we worry? The volume in question is internationally “influential” and many psychologists and psychiatrists are unhappy about its proposed new listings of mental illness. Some gathered at a briefing here in London last week to say so…

(Read more.)

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write and speak on spirituality from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I am also an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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