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BBC in misleading tagline shocker. Apr. 10th, 2002 11:23 am
Infertility, obesity and depression are "non-diseases" according to some doctors, a poll for the British Medical Journal has shown.

Except that when you actually look at the article, "some" means 2% in the case of depression.

I don't think this is a great thing, but tagging it that way is just sensationalism. Last thing I need right now is to be told that doctors don't believe in depression.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1920000/1920768.stm

From: ardaniel
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 04:16 am (Link)
...well, transvestitism, I can see that. That could even be good, because then people who are perfectly happy cross-dressing don't wind up with relatives and friends trying to make them go get fixed.

but... diabetes? osteoporosis? hello, I think some of these people need to go back to med school. Can we class them as "non-doctors?"
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From: ardaniel
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:05 am (Link)
*googles*

...ohdear, I see what you mean. *grin*

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From: wechsler
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:07 am (Link)
We know I'm not with it today, but whuh?

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From: ardaniel
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:24 am (Link)
It's a form of sex toy, which I didn't realize either. :)
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From: wechsler
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:39 am (Link)
I'll assume that's not work safe, shall I?
(not that I really am either)
From: furrylemming
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:04 am (Link)
*growl*.

I'm pondering whether or not the 2% is made up of religious nuts like my parents' doctor who believes that depression, asthma, excema have a 'spiritual' cause.
From: kyte
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:31 am (Link)
Then again, could it be how the questions were being read?

I would class depression as a real and serious condition, but I wouldn't class it as a *disease*, for example...
From: robinbloke
Date: April 10th, 2002 - 05:56 am (Link)
Given that 2% also classified diabetes and 13% classified the menopause as non medical conditions I think this report gives me more worry about doctors than concern that certain conditions aren't medically related.
Heres hoping your doc is slightly more sensible.