The special issue, edited by David Henry, of Newcastle University in Australia, and Ray Moynihan, an Australian journalist, reports that conditions such as female sexual dysfunction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and â€œrestless legs syndromeâ€ have been promoted by companies hoping to sell more of their drugs.
Other minor problems that are a normal part of life, such as symptoms of the menopause, are also becoming increasingly â€œmedicalisedâ€, while risk factors such as high cholesterol levels or osteoporosis are being presented as diseases in their own right, according to the editors.
â€œDisease-mongering turns healthy people into patients, wastes precious resources and causes iatrogenic (medically induced) harm,â€ they say. â€œLike the marketing strategies that drive it, disease-mongering poses a global challenge to those interested in public health, demanding in turn a global response.â€
I myself suffer from ADD. While there are legitimate cases such as myself it has largely become a serial diagnoses based on Vague criteria that could apply to anyone. For the most part people like me who legitimately have it rarely bring up their disorder in most conversation. Most of us who truly have it actually feel ashamed to talk about it because most of the people diagnosed with it do not truly have it. I\’ll elaborate more but i will wait for responses.