Suicide and Predicament: Life is a Predicament

Suicide and Predicament: Life is a Predicament

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"Suicide and Predicament: the medical model of suicide is incomplete" takes a broad view of suicide. It argues that a large proportion of people who suicide do not have a mental disorder, and ...
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Saxby Pridmore


“Medicalization” describes the process by which nonmedical (social) problems are reclassified as medical problems. The process is facilitated by the absence of clear definitions of “health” and “mental disorder”. The drivers of medicalization include not only the medical profession. Everyday distress is medicalized into depression. Suicide has been medicalized and the response to distress and suicidal thinking has become antidepressant medication rather than appropriate social support. Two cases are presented (Robert FitzRoy and Lord Clive). The medicalization of distress and suicidal thinking is damaging rather than being helpful.


University of Tasmania Australia.