Drugs that treat what Pharma calls “disorders”: I always hated dispensing drugs for conditions for which Big Pharma appends the term “disorder”: seasonal affective disorder (the “winter blues”), obsessive compulsive disorder (e.g., excessive excessive handwashing), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (shyness), bipolar disorder, compulsive gambling disorder, compulsive shopping disorder. Here are two disorders you may not have heard of: 1) temper dysregulation disorder, which the American Psychiatric Association is recommending as a new diagnosis, and 2) oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). It’s as if Big Pharma is so insecure about the legitimacy of all these diagnoses that they feel compelled to append the term “disorder” to gain public acceptance. Yet we don’t hear cancer disorder, diabetes disorder, pneumonia disorder, AIDS disorder, etc., because the public is convinced these are legitimate diagnoses.
Miller, Dennis. The Shocking Truth About Pharmacy: A Pharmacist Reveals All The Disturbing Secrets (pp. 346-347). Kindle Edition.