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NEED ACCURACY IN DISEASE TERMINOLOGY

Jul 26, 2010 - 2 comments
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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

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by yallolorry, Jul 29, 2010
yes! you're so right! and as well as helping people experiences these responses, using less judgemental terms to describe what is happenning should also impact how doctors perceive and behave towards their patients. having gone through a process of being very unwell and had several doctors suggest I might be depressed when I wasn't, just having a very natural response to a difficult time I was going through I can really see the sense of this!

smart acker.

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by acker, Jul 29, 2010
thankew mate; we need to get the word out and JUST START USING THESE TERMS. it could be a while before i actually get a formal set of papers to the various support groups and foundations, and ultimately the w.h.o..
it was only last century we were calling people idiots and deaf-dumb!
true, we are EXPERIENCING THESE RESPONSES [good and true statement]. and similarly, i had been depressed - and feeling bad on top of it - then was encouraged by good friend(s) that i should be! and then i was furious at drs handing out antidepressants as though it should be eradicated, rather than allowing the healing to take place. backward!

[i'm not saying antiepressants are wrong, i'm just saying they were definitely wrong for me, and for somewhere between 90%-99.9% of everyone else]

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