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Social medicine A term for the erroneous tendency by society–often perpetuated by health professionals–to view effects of socioeconomic disadvantage as purely medical issues
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Process by which life problems become articulated as health or mental health conditions.
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Patient discussion about medicalization

Q. is it ok to use drugs for medical reasons? and who is to decide when is necessary to use drugs when needed?

A. Today the most used "medical" drugs are narcotics- for pain relief, for patients who suffer extreme pain. All sorts of Codaine and Morphine types are used and on a very wide basis, and they are specially perscribed for ones who need them.

Q. How about Psychiatric Drugs for bipolar? One of my friend is suffering from bipolar. Will Psychiatric medications help him to come out of this affect?

A. from what i read- there are certain medication that can help. if the first one doesn't - there is a second and third line of medication. from a personal experience (not mine, a friend of the family) it can even save your friend's life..

Q. What medications are forbidden to take with alcohol? And why is that?

A. I think this web page will give you something to think about:
apparently there are more drugs you shouldn’t mix with alcohol then I could think of…

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This paper explores the concept of the medicalization of women's experiences of their bodies within the context of the continuing debate over the pathologizing of menstrual cycle-related changes in general and PMDD in particular.
As Western influence, in the form of Western-styled rational bureaucratic organization and capitalistic values, enters traditional cultures, it is possible that medicalization could occur as a latent interactive outcome.
In contrast, Nancy Rose Hunt's A Colonial Lexicon of Birth Ritual, Medicalization, and Mobility in the Congo takes the notion of "objects" very seriously.
This point is critical to Batholomew's argument that the medicalization of latah partook of a broader racist discourse, framed within a social Darwinist ideology, that construed Malays to be of nervous predisposition--a weaker people.
Many in social work have hitched their wagons to psychiatry with its relentless medicalization of complaints as psychiatric disorders requiring medication.
Though women in the course can often identify with references to the medicalization of menstruation or the power differentials between male practitioners and female patients, these same references often leave male students somewhat nonplussed or, worse, alienated.
The social construction of fetal rights by the courts and by society, largely in response to new technologies, medical knowledge, and the medicalization of pregnancy, raises questions concerning the viability of the rights' framework.
Social trends such as the "medicalization" of the causes of disabilities, "scientific racism" based upon I.Q.
There is a section on 'medicalization of the life cycle', which might have been better for more discussion, rather than mere citing, of the writings of people like Szasz and Laing.
They cover organizing analysis: evidence and analytical sequence; culture change on a grand scale; protest, revolution, and culture change; organizations and culture change; health and the body: the impact of cultural medicalization; emotion, the family, and culture change: a more personal scale; culture contacts and culture change; and prejudice and acceptance: culture change and social hierarchies.