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tr.v. med·i·ca·lized, med·i·ca·liz·ing, med·i·ca·liz·es
To identify or categorize (a condition or behavior) as being a disorder requiring medical treatment or intervention: "Increasingly, [attention deficit disorder] has become a catch-all diagnosis that medicalizes troublesome behavior in kids" (Judy Foreman).

med′i·ca·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˈmɛdɪkəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Medicine) to treat or view in medical terms
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Usually (though not invariably), to medicalize is to pathologise--to label some phenomenon a disorder.
He cites his concerns garnered over the past few decades: the increased complexity of criminal justice and mental health; the ever-burgeoning prison population that begs for innovation; an over-reliance on criminal statistics as an index of crime; the increasing privatization of criminal justice provisions, such as probation and prison services; quick-fix legislation; an inability to tolerate risk in an increasingly risk-averse and risk-obsessed society; an increasing tendency to medicalize problems of living as evidenced by some of the provisions in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
At 17 percent of GDP, the health care industry has the funds with which to medicalize the senior years generally, to medicalize what had been lifestyle choices, even to medicalize poverty.
The rubric and structure of this free, one-day conference organized by The New School's Diversity Initiatives in Clinical Psychology practiced much of what the title promised: I left feeling fortified by a general refusal to reduce, medicalize, objectify, or pathologize lived experience.
If we were to medicalize it, we could then develop a way, just like we've done for addiction, cigarettes and other things, to give people treatments, and lifelong treatments, that focus on behavioural modifications and physical activity.
Hadler puts it, to medicalize life and "create a society of the walking wounded.

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