posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 11:42 PM
reply to post by applebiter
Totally awesome post. While I don't see it as evolution I agree there is an increasing tendency to label difference as 'unhealthy'. A possibly less
controversial example is ADHD - Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. It could well be argued that many kids given this diagnosis are at one
end of the personality scale. While many of them are prescribed medication to make them more manageable in the classroom and at home, it can be argued
that only a minority of them are sufficiently different to 'normal' to truly justify such a radical response. (I am not alone in suspecting that at
least some of these children have simply spent far too much time during their crucial early development in front of the television in comparison with
the amount of time their parents have spent interacting with them.)
We are actually exploring the boundary of where societal expectations and tolerances end and medical intervention begins. Those in the medical
profession are trained to use published definitions of 'diseases' such as published by the WHO, who in turn base their definitions on the result of
academic research. Such research is arguably highly influenced by current societal 'norms', in that researchers are themselves not immune to the
pressures of those wonderful human beings: PC merchants (aka thought police). Such influence is also inevitably brought to bear via the bodies that
fund research in the first place: science is by no means as impartial as we are often led to believe.
In Soviet Russia the totalitarian government abused the medical profession (particularly psychiatry, but not exclusively) to 'treat' those who
thought and acted differently to loyal communists. It could be argued that modern society increasingly demands conformity, and that this attitude is
promoted via the media and education - which in turn could lead to subtle manipulation of the medical profession by political movers.
Bringing things down to earth, a quick search brought up this article questioning the existence of schizophrenia:
In this particular case I'm not entirely convinced as I believe there is evidence that at least some who have this diagnosis have demonstrable
anomalies with respect to the shape of their brain (revealed by scans). However I suppose you could argue even this is just another aspect of the far
end of what is actually 'normal'...
Fascinating isn't it?
applebiter: just wondering, do you have any specific knowledge or evidence to back up your intriguing final remark - ?
...older parents also means that the children are less likely to inherent genes that express diseases early in life.