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Reply Thu 9 Jan, 2014 08:43 am
Superstition and gooblydegook are at a centuries-high in medicine. Here are some prize pieces of nonsense that people will die for:

Nervous Breakdown
"I suffered a nervous breakdown". Nobody knows what this means. Not even the person uttering it. It suggests a medicalism, a physical deterioration of nerve cells, or some sort of extended swoon of the feeble-minded and the biochemically sad. What it actually means is that the person was going through change and had no support.

Panic Attack
"You had a panic attack". Nobody panics any-more. Now they have an attack! It is an emptily impressive medical intrigue. It suggests that people keep their composure but are attacked by some external agency, an agency that only medics know how to attack.

Shock
"She is in shock". Nobody knows what this means, but everyone must pretend that they do. A hundred years ago the term was taken out of medical parlance because of its useless non-specificity. Now it has returned.

PTSD
"They suffered from PTSD". This is just a dangerous mistake. PTSD is neither a so-called disorder nor something that anyone suffers from in the medical sense. Flashbacks and extreme emotions were recognised by many medics as far back as the 1950's as healing mechanisms that need encouraging, knowledge that has been suppressed by the clinic and big pharma.

Disorder.
"You have a disorder". A great, hypnotically disempowering black-magic phrase. It suggest that someone is being controlled - but by what? Chemicals in the brain? all of the chemicals? or just the nasty ones? Reject this term whenever you hear it. It actually means that someone is exhibiting unacceptable behaviour.

Stress
"With all the stress around I'm feeling really stressed". So... stress is something that is outside us...AND in us? "Stress" is a bankrupt term employed even by the professionals. What people want to say is that they feel anxious, or worried.
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Reply Thu 9 Jan, 2014 09:04 am
@JohnJonesCardiff,
There's certainly a lot of vague terminology floating around, especially in the general public.

But the bigger problems are things like "Immunization Fears" and "Religious Hokum" which sometimes prevents people (often children) from getting necessary medical treatments because of religious tradition or rules.
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