AbstractsMedical & Health Science

Medicalization of Society

by Cecilie Jensen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Medicalization; FSD
Record ID: 1119654
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17765


This study investigates how medicalization in the United States of America affects the invention and discovering of new diseases, with point of origin in Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). We will discuss the concepts of mental health, mental illness and disorder using Thomas Szasz, George Graham and Lawrie Reznek in order to try to classify FSD. In this context, we will ac-count for and discuss medicalization by using the sociologist Peter Conrad. An increased medi-calization would mean an increased flow of medications to individuals, who may or may not have a problem that should be treated this way. We will go into why new diseases emerge and whether a conflict of interest is present according to the medical industry. Furthermore, we find it crucial to account for the definition of FSD and dysfunction in general, and to explain what a healthy sex life is. This is essential in order for us to discuss whether we find the definition of FSD incisive or if it is merely a factor that makes more healthy people sick, than the other way around. We will analyze the way women and sex are portrayed in the media in order to discuss whether the image they are creating of a healthy sex life interconnects with the reality, or if it is exaggerated or plain false. We will conclude on the problem formulation by discussing our dif-ferent philosophers, their concepts and its connection to medicalization and FSD.