The Medicalisation Of Normality

John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders, many of which are simply any mental or social tendencies that fail to conform to perceived norms.

As knowledge of the chemistry of the brain expands, are we losing the ability to cope with people who are different and are drug companies pushing this trend as a way of expanding the market for their products?

The programme hears the views of drug designers, patients and philosophers in an effort to reach a consensus on a drug-directed future.

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2009033020090401John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders, many of which are simply any mental or social tendencies that fail to conform to perceived norms.

As knowledge of the chemistry of the brain expands, are we losing the ability to cope with people who are different and are drug companies pushing this trend as a way of expanding the market for their products?

The programme hears the views of drug designers, patients and philosophers in an effort to reach a consensus on a drug-directed future.

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John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders, many of which are simply any mental or social tendencies that fail to conform to perceived norms.

As knowledge of the chemistry of the brain expands, are we losing the ability to cope with people who are different and are drug companies pushing this trend as a way of expanding the market for their products?

The programme hears the views of drug designers, patients and philosophers in an effort to reach a consensus on a drug-directed future.

John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders.

Health journalist John Naish asks if we are turning normal human behaviour and normal stages in human development into medical conditions. It is estimated that 10 per cent of British people take anti-depressants and 10 per cent of American children take Ritalin to control their behaviour. It seems that a new mental illness is invented every week, covering every potential quirk in the human condition, such as Restless Leg Syndrome, Social Anxiety Disorder, Female Sexual Dysfunction and Celebrity Worship Syndrome.

Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?

John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders, many of which are simply any mental or social tendencies that fail to conform to perceived norms.

As knowledge of the chemistry of the brain expands, are we losing the ability to cope with people who are different and are drug companies pushing this trend as a way of expanding the market for their products?

The programme hears the views of drug designers, patients and philosophers in an effort to reach a consensus on a drug-directed future.

20090401John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders.

Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?

John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders.

Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?

John Naish investigates the use of prescription drugs to counteract mental disorders.

Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?