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medicalize

(mĕd′ĭ-kə-līz′)
tr.v. medica·lized, medica·lizing, medica·lizes
To identify or categorize (a condition or behavior) as being a disorder requiring medical treatment or intervention: "Increasingly, [attention deficit disorder] has become a catch-all diagnosis that medicalizes troublesome behavior in kids" (Judy Foreman).

med′i·ca·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Patient discussion about medicalize

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:
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa27.htm
apparently there are more drugs you shouldn’t mix with alcohol then I could think of…

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Although extremely influential, it is not without its critics, who have charged that it lacks concern with causes, that it is culturally biased, that it is formulated under conditions of conflict of interest, and that it medicalizes normal human behaviors, among other issues.
I want to argue that physician-assisted suicide does not demedicalize death; rather, it medicalizes suicide.