SOC367- Depression Screening Debate for 4-9-10

SOC367- Depression Screening Debate for 4-9-10 - James...

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James Thompson SOC 367 Depression screening debate (For) 4/9/10 Ethical considerations in demedicalizing screening Pediatricians who perform the screening for depression at schools or in their offices are tied to the medical profession. This means any results they find may need to be dealt with in a medical way. Today’s medicalized society pushes for medical fixes (prescriptions instead of therapy or change in lifestyle/diet) Overprotective parents whose children are being screened for depression could push doctors for the medicines for even the slightest positive reading for depression. This does not contextualize the emotions that the child/adolescent might be experiencing at the time. For just a short bout of emotional difficulties, a child may be put on depression medication. Demedicalizing depression screening could open up new treatment regimens, such as learning to deal with emotions through therapy, counseling, or calming techniques rather than medicines which usually have emotional side effects
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