Argument Paper : The Medicalization Thesis

1657 Words Oct 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Caroline Hentzen
ENLT 2555- Professor Chase
Argument Paper

In today’s society, there is a diagnosis for every minor issue, whether genuinely medical or not. As Riska argues in her paper “Gendering the Medicalization Thesis,” medicalization becomes an area of social control (Riska 63). Diagnoses of a time period determine which behaviors are socially accepted and which ones are negatively viewed. A defiant child can easily receive a diagnosis for a psychological disorder despite whether it is warranted; many parents even desire a diagnosis in order to ease their minds. However, a diagnosis does not necessarily ameliorate the problem. In fact, it can often categorize kids or simply place the blame on another factor. When placing a new condition under the medical umbrella, there is potential risk that the patient will feel powerless to correct the issue. If people view the locus of control in terms of an illness as external to them, such as DNA mutagens, they feel less capable of improving their condition. Often, people refuse to work through the problem on their own once a doctor gives them a diagnosis. Although a patient often receives a specific treatment plan along with a medical label, it can cause a lack of patient responsibility, stigmatization, and even a blurring of physical and mental states. Medicine has the power to define the norms of society, for when a problem becomes medical, it is no longer considered normal. Rather than immediately labeling a problem as a…

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