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A neologism for diagnosing a normal condition as pathologic, based on the assumption that it 'should' cause disease–eg, adopted children are assumed to develop psychologic dysfunction with a higher frequency than their nonadopted counterparts
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Q. what is the most accurate pathological test to identify the primary source of a cystic mass in the neck? the mass was removed. Pathologist was unable to identify the source and diagnosed the mass as a branchilogic carcinmoa (which is extremely rare, if exists at all). Therefore, I am looking for the most updated test and examinations that can be applied to blocks of the mass and determine their origin (primary source)

A. Pathologic examinaions under a microscope are the most accurate ones there are, and sometimes even they don't help to identify the cell types. I do not have any other ideas on other tests you can do, and I believe you should follow the treatment your doctors will advise you based on this diagnosis they have made.

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"Applying symptoms reminiscent of substance use disorders to gaming behaviors too often pathologizes thoughts, feelings and behavior that may be normal and unproblematic in people who regularly play video games," they wrote.
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Given the tendency of mid-twentieth-century liberal sociology to use black divergence from normative gender roles to pathologize black communities, it may be that these authors were trying to turn that argument back on white communities, to demonstrate that normative white communities are always already "pathological" by their own standards.
While she censures the men who consume and pathologize their wives, in a way she writes about those same wives as if doing so were a therapy of her own--a gesture not entirely unlike those of the men of whom she is so critical.
This essay originated with the exploration of several paradoxes: that men who had been born women were claimed to make better men than men born men, that to investigate the psychology of people with non-normative gender expressions was so necessarily to pathologize them that it shouldn't be done at all, that neoliberal ideologies of free choice provided the rationales for those who claimed to be the most subversive of current social systems, and that essentialist views of nature were ethically necessary if not scientifically valid.
Mendelson's attempts to pathologize normal behavior via pompous speeches and articles will make readers chuckle.
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The book employs a case study approach that lays a convincing foundation from which Mukasa advances arguments that neither glorify nor pathologize Africa and African women; a trap that most books engaging African women fail to escape.
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This desire to pathologize behavior that isn't sick - that is, indeed, very common - is completely pathological.
The problem is that the criteria are drawn so broadly that they pathologize mostly the non-disordered.
One particularly unfortunate tendency I have noted among some social work academics is a propensity to pathologize highly productive colleagues--many of them the most active researchers.
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