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Last modified: November buy cheap colospa 135mg on line spasms prostate, 2017 1 CHAPTER 8 SADNESS AND DEPRESSION [Please note: Two depression scales are available order colospa 135mg with mastercard muscle relaxant juice, after the references purchase tricor 160mg with visa. Readers may choose to print the text only, without these additional pages. By this is meant, certain aspects of “normal” human behaviour and experience get “re-badged” as medical conditions. An example: what was formerly described as promiscuous or self indulgent sexual behaviour is being “diagnosed” in pop-psychology as “sexual addiction”. Chapter 32 deals in detail with “medicalization” in detail. It is profoundly important that we understand that sadness (low/depressed mood) is a part of the human experience – when people are sad for good reason we should give them support, but we must not call them “sick” until they have sufficient symptoms to justify the diagnosis. Some very clever people make the point that we must not consider every person who is experiencing an unpleasant emotions to be a “patient”. Sociologists Horwitz & Wakefield (2007) wrote the important book, “The Loss of Sadness: How psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder”. More recently, distinguished psychiatrist Allen Frances (2013) wrote the book “Saving Normal” – in which he demonstrates that many normal reactions are being called illness/sickness. At times when it is generally considered that medicine should be limited to the abnormal, yes, it does. An example: Medicare covers the cost of only certain cosmetic surgery procedures - it will cover the cost of repairing a face damaged by an accident, but not the passage of time (a face-lift for loss of skin elasticity). But the contrary view, that the distinction between normal and abnormal is unimportant, can be argued. The modern practitioner is expected to provide comfort and assistance to those in need, and the prevention of disease is regarded as a greater good than its treatment. Example: the management of obesity and mild elevation of the blood pressure, neither of which are diseases, are legitimate activities for medical practitioners. We will look briefly at the experiences of sadness, grief and demoralization, but will, of course, spend the majority of our energy on the pathological conditions which have sadness as a prominent feature. As we know, the current diagnostic systems (DSM-5, ICD-10) are descriptive (providing lists of diagnostic points). McHugh (2005) states the time has come to Pridmore S. Last modified: November, 2017 2 classify psychiatric disorders using an etiological perspective. His proposed etiological approach involves 4 clusters: 1) “brain disease”, in which there is disruption of neural underpinnings, 2) “vulnerability because of psychological make- up”, 3) the adoption of behaviour “that has become a relatively fixed and warped way of life”, and 4) “conditions provoked by events that thwart or threaten”. Using the McHugh (2005) system, with respect to “depression”, Cluster 1 would include severe depressive disorder (such as psychotic, for example), Cluster 2 would incorporate the low mood associated with some personality types, Cluster 3 would incorporate the depression which is secondary to, or associated with, conditions including alcoholism, pathological gambling and anorexia nervosa, and Cluster 4 would incorporate the low mood of grief, situational anxiety and posttraumatic disorder. Such a system of classification would assist in indicating the most appropriate professional response.

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