Is it just my idea, or have some diseases become more and more "popular" over the past decades? Please note I'mtalking here from a general point of view of the industrialized world, not just the US.
In the late 60s, the 70s and the 80s it was all about cancer. Now, although more and more products are allegedly causing cancer, fewer casus of cancer seem to appear. While the past decades have seen an increase of people suffering from fybromialgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome whereas these two conditions, for example, were virtually unknown 20 - 30 years ago.
Samething with depression and anxiety.
Aren't people often diagnosed according to the latest "cool" syndrome, or are such syndromes not often added as a bonus to an existing medical condition?
Serious pain makes you suffer, sweat, etc. Doing work on top of the pain is going to exhaust your body. Does that mean that you're suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? And, when life is hard and cruel and you're in a lot of pain, isn't it a bit normal you feel down? But do you really have a depression?
I have my doubts about what we call here in Belgium "Popular Diseases". These conditions exist, clearly, but aren't too many people labelled with, people who then bear the stigmata of a wrong diagnose.
I'd like your opinions on this, especially in the context of chronic pain.