Disease Mongering in Psychiatry: Is It Fact or Fiction?
Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
2010 Policy Studies Organization
World Medical & Health Policy
Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 267–284, April 2010
How to Cite
Saddichha, S. (2010), Disease Mongering in Psychiatry: Is It Fact or Fiction?. World Medical & Health Policy, 2: 267–284. doi: 10.2202/1948-4682.1042
- Issue published online: 17 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 17 AUG 2012
- disease mongering;
- pharmaceutical companies
Disease mongering starts at the top of recent accusations being hurled at psychiatry. It is used to refer to the attempts by pharmaceutical companies or others who have similar interests, to enlarge the market for a treatment by convincing people that they are sick and need medical intervention. This paper critically analyses the ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments of disease mongering in psychiatric disorders, both new and old, such as Bipolar disorders, ADHD, Restless legs syndrome, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, female sexual dysfunction, social phobia, metabolic syndrome and road rage disorder.