Medicalization is the bane of my existence in healthcare–there are so many people who want a diagnosis and a treatment.
People identify themselves by their diagnoses, fret about wellness and health, gather to themselves worries and anxieties about their health.
Everyone claims a disability. Hell, I have a number of disabilities–too short, too fat, can’t jump high, bad eyes, now bad hearing, not smart enough, lousy piano player, nose too big, have some acne scars, getting old and slow, lost a couple of teeth, can’t do calculus.
Theodore Dalrymple wrote a book about it, review linked below.
Leon Cass MD and Paul McHugh MD wrote about it when they were on the W administration bioethics commission–wrote about medicalization of life and it’s consequences. Corresponsdence captured here:
If you are an intelligent and observant person–this will ring your bell. Dalrymple (pen name for psychiatrist Anthony Daniels) is a prolific and intelligent writer on the human condition, a man of great erudition and insight.