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Psykisk ohälsa, folkhälsa och medikalisering: har det egentligen någon betydelse vilket hälsobegrepp som används? [Poor mental health, public health and medicalization: is it of any significance which health concepts are used?].

Vilhelmsson, Andreas LU (2014) In Socialmedicinsk tidskrift 91(1). p.63-73
Abstract
The World Health Organization suggests mental ill health in terms of depres- sion soon to be the highest-ranking disease problem in the Western part of the world. However, some critics argue that the alarming reports on mental ill health have their ground in the methods of inquiry themselves and refer to medicalization as an important issue. The aim of this article is to explore and illuminate the issue of what is meant by mental health and mental ill health and what it means that mental ill health is a major public health problem. Basically two understandings and aspects of public health exist: a ‘reductionist’ and a ‘holistic’ with connections to different theories of health. These diverging un- derstandings may lead to quite different... (More)
The World Health Organization suggests mental ill health in terms of depres- sion soon to be the highest-ranking disease problem in the Western part of the world. However, some critics argue that the alarming reports on mental ill health have their ground in the methods of inquiry themselves and refer to medicalization as an important issue. The aim of this article is to explore and illuminate the issue of what is meant by mental health and mental ill health and what it means that mental ill health is a major public health problem. Basically two understandings and aspects of public health exist: a ‘reductionist’ and a ‘holistic’ with connections to different theories of health. These diverging un- derstandings may lead to quite different public health responses, and they may have different consequences with regard to medicalization. It is concluded that we need more clearly elaborated ways to think about public health so that the increased attention to mental ill health as a public health problem does not in itself lead to medicalization in terms of just medical treatment. Otherwise we risk losing the importance of public health as an overarching social and political instrument. (Less)
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  title        = {Psykisk ohälsa, folkhälsa och medikalisering: har det egentligen någon betydelse vilket hälsobegrepp som används? [Poor mental health, public health and medicalization: is it of any significance which health concepts are used?].},
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