The society of overdiagnosis: we are all mentally ill

Peter is a totally healthy and normal person.

Defying the current state of uncertainty, he faces life with hope and good humor. This attitude gives him a harmony between enthusiasm and prudence allowing him to perform professionally and to marry well with his personal and emotional environment.

He enjoys good sexual and emotional activity with his partner. They know how to reconcile the common space with the independence of each member of the couple and there is no disagreement or conflict with the children because they have been able to create a stability between good organization and affection.

The consequence of this concordance is that when the couple, as parents, must explain the fulfillment of a directive to their children, always in a thoughtful way, they receive it with affection towards their parents.

These children are highly integrated academically and have excellent relationships with teachers and their peers who are also their friends.

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Interpersonal relationships are a priority for Pedro. He enjoys a large number of friendships and a very collaborative relationship within the family. With that, when the time came, he could find refuge and solace in difficult times, but he never needed it. He is a dynamic person: he frequently practices group sports, oriental relaxation and cultural activities.

With this vital panorama, Pere does not know what it is to be sad or angry, everything went as planned. He has never known phobic or psychopathic situations and enjoys a solid serenity of mind.

Pursuing an ideal that does not exist

Surely you have realized that Peter’s story is unreal and utopian. You might also think that there is something strange after this dream or that it is a fleeting situation.

However, at present, any profile that does not match this perfect parameter could be labeled abnormal. If our friend Peter deviated from this sublime scheme, even for a short time, he would risk being considered a psychopath and being treated with drugs.

According to recent studies, 50% of the American population could be diagnosed with a mental disorder.

What is psychopathology?

To be honest, we all have a thought, at some point, that could be considered psychopathological. The point is that our behavior, our thinking and our way of feeling are under the watchful eye of many evil eyes to find something pathological in us.

So much so that this fact has led to the “abnormal normal” paradox in many such studies, to the point that, surprisingly, there are more people with psychological problems than healthy peopleTherefore, it could be argued that people classified as “healthy” suffer from adaptive syndrome.

The dilemma: the patient or the drug?

According to some experts, many diagnoses are more the product of the consumerist and labeling voracity of our society than of some biological evil. In the treatment of suffering, it is essential to know the difference between the pathology itself and what is produced by an agglutination of psychosocial circumstances, treating the latter as a pathology is at least very debatable.

Thus, the simple act of attributing a word to define the theoretical “evil” that afflicts a patient only stigmatizes. Sadly it looks like the escalation of diagnoses just keeps on growing, looks like at this rate, in a few decades the planet will be a huge phrenopathy.

You could be addicted

Modern life is evolving by creating new uses and tools: the Internet, games of chance, video game machines, etc. Misuse or abuse of these items can make us dependent.

But an empowered voice has already spoken in the sense that it is too generalized when diagnosing a simple behavioral disorder as if it were a behavioral disorder. addiction.

We are talking about vigor, sexual addiction, compulsive shopping …, where is the border between what we have chosen as fun and what would be an addiction? , in principle, undesirable results.

To begin with, classifying these people as sick is fundamentally counterproductive because stigmatizes and it weakens your own self-esteem and therefore your ability to overcome your problem, and that self-esteem is essential for the success of therapy.

A hot example of this is the increased diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a diagnosis rate is recorded in developed countries which is close to 25% in children when, those of us who are engaged in this field, we know that a prevalence above 5% is already doubtful, in addition to the harm it causes to a person who, due to his age, is subject to continuous changes in his psychological evolution .

Overdiagnosis in current psychiatry

Unfortunately, as in so many areas of life, once we seriously analyze this apparent mystery of why our society is angry, we find a disturbing answer: money.

The relationship between overdiagnosis and the emergence of drugs to cure them is evidence that no one disputes. It is true that professionals tend to sketch the patient in order to approach an agile and precise analysis of the situation but from there to, for example, “domesticate” a child with high activity (something inherent at this age) by the force of the medication. to avoid discomfort, there is a long stretch. And this example is expandable to other categories mentioned above.

Finally, we must be aware of our limits of perception: it is proven that we apply some concrete and simple labels. When someone squares us in one of them, the disturbing effect of self-fulfilling prophecy, Which obviously does not help at all, but it is even worse when the mercantile factor deforms us and conditions us in the immense mission of helping our neighbor.

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