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Keywords:

  • disease mongering;
  • psychiatry;
  • pharmaceutical companies

Abstract

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.