Now that we have a drug, let’s create a disease.

White Coat, Black Hat — Carl Elliot.

(…)”If a marketing campaign is really successful, it goes beyond hype to insinuate itself into the language and thought of the population as a whole, essentially remaking the way people think of themselves. Concepts such as reflux disease, erectile dysfunction, and irritable bowel syndrome have had considerable success, but the most remarkable changes have come in the language of psychiatry with the emergence of neurobiological concepts such as social anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder. What is striking about this neurobiological language is the extent to which ordinary people have come to incorporate it into their identities. You may have erectile dysfunction or irritable bowel syndrome, but you are bipolar or ADHD. Your diagnosis is part of who you are.” (…)

Medical Skeptic

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine

hat tip to Kevin M.D. blog

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  2 comments for “Now that we have a drug, let’s create a disease.

  1. February 5, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    added it to my Goodreads want-to-read list

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