You are all diseased!
Dr Tim Kendall, Joint Director of the National Collaboration Centre for Mental Health and a key government adviser is deeply concerned at what he sees as a medicalisation of a vast swathe of society.
He said: “I think there is an inherent danger from increasingly classifying people.
“If you look at the American Psychiatric Association ‘bible’, you’ll see almost every piece of human behaviour can be classified as being in some way aberrant.”
Dr Kendall sees dangers in a “tendency for new categories to be invented, often at the behest of drug companies looking for a new drug”.
Medical historian, Dr Louise Foxcroft agrees, pointing to ill-defined conditions such as female sexual dysfunction and to the erectile hardness scale promoted by the producers of Viagra which she claims “is a creation of fear and anxiety”.
Medicalization is an underappreciated factor in the cost of health care. Of course, the physician who tries to tell this to a patient risks being labeled as insensitive and uncaring.