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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:
apparently there are more drugs you shouldn’t mix with alcohol then I could think of…

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Others suggest that medicalizing the issue will reduce the pressure to eliminate racist behavior by social and political means.
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By medicalizing and mocking the violence and discrimination that mark their daily lives, these women challenge and resist existing social attitudes and hidden inequities.
Medicalizing suicide encompasses three different (though interrelated) facets: the medicalization of an act, of a practice, and above all of the social ethos of death and suicide.
Thus medicalizing (assisted) suicide jeopardizes autonomy not only when the patient's request is denied for one reason or another.
The institutionalism of social welfare; a study of medicalizing management.
Since the 1961 publication of The Myth of Mental Illness, the great and tireless critic of the therapeutic state (and longtime reason contributing editor) has never stopped pointing out the coercive implications of politicizing medicine and medicalizing politics.
The term 'mental illness' is a semantic strategy for medicalizing economic, moral, personal, political, and social problems."
Jack Kevorkian believes we can solve moral problems by medicalizing them.
His aim is ominous because it taps into one of our most powerful popular delusions, namely the belief that we can solve moral problems by medicalizing them.