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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.
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(ˈmɛdɪkəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Medicine) to treat or view in medical terms
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He has to stop playing God deciding who would live and who would die and revisit his failed antipoor policy by medicalizing and pharmaceuticalizing the problem as basically a health issue.
ScienceDaily, May 2010, Brandeis University, "Medicalizing human conditions.
Heitzeg explores how structural racism is perpetuated by the education system, focusing on policies and practices that further racialize criminalization by routing youth of color out of school and on a pathway toward prison while medicalizing the same behavior in white students.
The study revealed that the younger students in a class are much more likely than the older ones to be diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, suggesting that doctors are, according to the article, "medicalizing a normal range of childhood behavior."
Among their topics are understanding human behavior during war, suicide in wartime civilian populations, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal behavior, pros and cons of medicalizing distress, trauma and post-traumatic stress in child soldiers of World War II, risk and assessment of suicide after deployment-acquired traumatic brain injury, the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behaviors as an explanation of suicide among war veterans, and historical trauma and the confusion of identity.
I wrestle continually with my partners about "medicalizing" this behavioral issue, but somehow it seems to them that almost every fussy baby has gastroesophageal reflux or formula intolerance.
The news about increased warning labels is heartening, but I wish more could be done to unhook our society from its symptom-treating, pill popping, medicalizing normal like mania.
Medicalizing the worried well may add to the costs of medical care, but not to the well-being or longevity of patients.
"Some folks are very concerned about having this conversation about racism being a mental illness as medicalizing a social problem, and there's some truth to that," said Dr.