Week 10 Health and Medicine

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Published on 17 Jun 2011
School
UTSC
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCA01H3
Health & Medicine
-interest groups have been able to influence the way the medical community have
labelled mental illness
Labelling & De-labelling
Homosexuality
-was defined as a mental illness before 1974 in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders (DSM)
-after that, gay activists were seeking to de-stigmatize homosexuality (de-label)
Neuroses
-center in Freudian therapy
-DSM task force tried to eliminate neuroses as a mental disorder (de-label)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- In 1971, Vietnam veterans returned from war
-soldiers always have a hard time readjusting to civilian life after war
-in 1974, there was a recession
-tried to label it as a disorder to get compensation money
Self-Defeating Personality Disorder (SDP)
-by calling this a mental illness, psychiatrists were guilty of blaming the victim
-1994 DSN de-labelled this
Culture & Mental Health
-mental disorders are shaped by things other than scientific evidence
-social values, political forces subjective
-at the start of the 19th century, in Canada the federal govt recognized one mental
disorder, imbecility/insanity
-by 1975, DSN listed 106 mental disorders
-by 1994, DSN recognized 297 mental disorders
-in 2001, the Canadian Mental Health Association estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians
will be effected w/ a mental health disorder once in their lives
-most common disorder is depression
Mental Health Labelling A Growth Industry
Medical labelling has increased for the following reasons:
-stress society demands of work increased overtime
-in the modern world, traditional institutions that used to deal with mental
health have been losing their authority
- the family, religion, community has been weakened
-pharmaceutical corporation sell drugs
-most successful drug, Prozac an anti-depressant, repackaged as Serafem &
marketed it to women suffering from pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD)
-Eli Lilly is the company that sells Prozac
-Made $6.5 billion in revenues
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Health & medicine interest groups have been able to influence the way the medical community have labelled mental illness. Was defined as a mental illness before 1974 in the diagnostic & statistical manual of. Mental disorders (dsm) after that, gay activists were seeking to de-stigmatize homosexuality (de-label) Dsm task force tried to eliminate neuroses as a mental disorder (de-label) In 1971, vietnam veterans returned from war soldiers always have a hard time readjusting to civilian life after war in 1974, there was a recession tried to label it as a disorder to get compensation money. Self-defeating personality disorder (sdp) by calling this a mental illness, psychiatrists were guilty of blaming the victim. Medical labelling has increased for the following reasons: stress society demands of work increased overtime. In the modern world, traditional institutions that used to deal with mental health have been losing their authority. The family, religion, community has been weakened pharmaceutical corporation sell drugs.