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Sociological Analysis of Social Problems March 23, 2011 Medicalization
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Class outline 1. What is medicalization and why should we care about it? 2. How do conditions become medicalized? 3. What is the role of the drug industry in medicalization?
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Medicalization To identify or categorize a condition or behavior as being a disorder requiring medical treatment or intervention.
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Medicalized Conditions Sadness Depression Shyness Social Anxiety “Jimmy Leg” Restless Leg Syndrome Fatness Obesity Drunkenness Alcoholism Baldness Alopecia Impotence Erectile Dysfunction Frigidity Female Sexual Dysfunction PMS PMDD Bad Behavior ADD
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The Worried Well Overall expansion of medical definitions have created a group of people, often referred to as “the worried well.”
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Is medicalization a social problem?
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Potential benefits to medicalization Grants entry to sick role Legitimates sickness Increases possibilities for treatment Improves lives? Enhancement?
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Why should we care? 1. Increasing pressure to medicate leads to loss of normal emotions
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“Normal” life events like birth becomes medical events, which require constant monitoring.
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Why should we care?
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