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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


Process by which life problems become articulated as health or mental health conditions.

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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3) This however cannot be the whole story, since--as van Dijk et al themselves observe--health workers generally do not treat medicalization as excluding social understandings of a phenomenon.
A random selection of threshold concepts used by Hinote and Wasserman includes Sociological Imagination, Reflexivity, Social Determinants of Health, Disparity, Taking on Another's Role, Professionalization, Medicalization, and System.
Although the medicalization of FGC has been well documented in the literature, less is known about the reasons families turn to medical professionals to perform the procedure, or about their interactions with these professionals.
The discovery of hyperkinesis: Notes on the medicalization of deviant behavior.
In Eritrea and Kenya, penalties for medicalization include the revocation of medical professionals' licenses (up to 2 years in Eritrea), while in Burkina Faso and Cote D'Ivoire, medical professionals can be suspended for up to 5 years for performing FGM.
For persons living with diabetes medicalization is a part of life.
Medicalization theory is largely based on the work of Peter Conrad (24,25) and its use has become widespread in North America and Europe.
Denyse Baillargeon, Babies for the Nation: The Medicalization of Motherhood in Quebec, 1910-1970, trans.
All these happen because the medical and social background of abortion (which--we are going to see--doesn't happen in case of assisted human reproduction where medicalization is raised to the level of primal dimension) are almost completely eluded, persisting only the psychological aspect.
A smattering of vampire and zombie thrillers allows Wald to demonstrate how the medicalization of the horror and thriller genres reproduces but thereby allows for critical reflection on the medicalization of international relations from the Cold War to the War on Terror.
Identity mandates, authoritarian control of continuing education, and the dominance of medicalization are just some of the signs, I argue, that scientific ideology had overtaken the counseling profession.
He did an excellent job covering pertinent topics including the natural penis, the circumcision procedure and its consequences, the history of medicalization of the practice, and the anthropology of circumcision.
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