Jul 26, 2010
the term 'disorder' NEEDS TO BE REMOVED FROM MANY TERMS CURRENTLY USED TO DESCRIBE ILLNESSES.
for a HEALTHY person, many symptoms and behaviours shown in conditions named 'disorders' WOULD INDEED BE DISORDERLY.
but for a person who HAS the 'disorder', e. g. anxiety post traumatic stress disorder, there are REASONS or CAUSES behind the behaviours - so for a PERSON who has EXPERIENCED trauma and stress - THESE RESPONSES ARE PERFECTLY NORMAL. they SHOULD BE FEELING AND BEHAVING THIS WAY.
if a person is told that and believes that they have a disorder, the implication is that they 'shouldn't' be showing these symptoms, when really, they SHOULD.
THERE IS A NEED TO REVIEW AND MODIFY THESE TERMS so that the health care professional can then begin to address the CAUSE(S), rather that try to fix a set of behaviours that are actually what you'd expect in a person who's in this circumstance.
the sufferer can then feel accepted and that these behaviours are what we'd EXPECT in these circumstances.
here's my list of suggested name amendments, i would like feedback if you like.
post-traumatic stress disorder > POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS RESPONSE
obsessive compulsive disorder > OBSESSIVE COMPULSION
anxiety disorder > ANXIETY
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder > DIVERSE ATTENTION HYPERACTIVITY
panic disorder > PANIC BEHAVIOUR
sleep disorder > DISRUPTED SLEEP
there are more to follow
these corrected names will help people where they are, not in the context of the rest of the well population.
it's possible that the term 'disorder actually keeps people in the status of 'sick', when they are actually part of the wide range of human variation. keeping people thinking they're abnormal is a boon for pharmaceutical and remedial industries.
the worst and backward part of this is that it makes the sufferer feel isolated and wrong that they are the way they are. then the symptom (which a normal outcome) tends to be focused on rather than the basic deep-seated causes