Goroff, Norman N.
May 1983
Humanity & Society;May83, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p179
Academic Journal
The central theme of this article is that the medicalization of human problems, by defining them as mental illness, has the consequence of focusing attention away from how we have organized our lives collectively as a source of human problems. A further consequence of this focus is to provide support for the existing social structure by defining problems as indications of individual deficiencies. Additionally, it has created an "industry" which provides great wealth to the medical and pharmaceutical professions as well as work opportunity for a large number of semi-professions whose involvement in the mental health industry is frequently permitted only with the consent of those who seek to maintain a monopoly in the industry, the psychiatrists. Human distress is not a psychiatrist problem but a social problem. We must move from an individual private orientation to a collective public orientation. We need to de-stigmatize our Community Mental Health Centers.


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