Overdiagnosis

Over-Medicalisation and the Therapeutic State

Bill Dare | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bill Dare

When I was a child, someone was only mad if they thought they were Napoleon or a teapot, and everyone else was 'normal'. Thankfully, things are a little more nuanced now, but how far from 'normal' do you have to get before you have a 'condition'? The answer seems to be: not very far at all. The latest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was published last month. It lists mental disorders and symptoms, and every edition is fatter than the last. Why is there this boom in new disorders?

The Lazy Doctor and the Drunk Electrician

Professor Ian Robertson | Posted 02.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Ian Robertson

ADHD is being grossly overdiagnosed in the USA and in some other countries for a range of commercial and social reasons. For millions of children to be taking powerful drugs which can have dangerous side effects is an example of the sort of pharmaceutical scandal that emerges every few decades, usually as a result of lazy and lax prescribing habits by doctors.

Spiritual Care - As Fortifying as the Roar of an Olympic Crowd!

Tony Lobl | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Head to Stratford for London 2012 and you'll find one thing that's almost as noisy as the home crowd egging on the Team GB athletes.