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SERRALHA, Conceição Aparecida. Antisocial tendency and new diagnosis: the medicalization as alternative to environment flaws. Winnicott e-prints [online]. 2010, vol.5, n.2, pp. 69-86. ISSN 1679-432X.

The proposal of this work is to discuss the present tendency of psychiatry and neurology of stipulating new diagnoses to embrace expressions of antisocial tendency, since the most primitive childhood, leading to the medicalization and the medicamental treatment as the most adequate conduct of "care". Other resources demand time, patience, involvement, effort, personal projects and institutional modification, and theoretical discussion. When the discomfort is eradicated by medicines, the possibility of comprehending the situation diagnosed as an antisocial tendency is also eliminated as well as its origin, its treatment and possibilities of prevention, and the comprehension of the psychopathology implied, when it exists. As he refers to the antisocial tendency of an individual, not as diagnoses, but being present with a psychosis, or a neurosis, or even with normality, Winnicott recognizes, in this tendency's origin, a certain degree of deprivation that could be treated with some care provided by the environment. He also highlights "the value of discomfort" of the symptoms as an indicative of this tendency, which has in itself the hope that the needs of this individual can be finally understood and taken care.

Palavras-chave : Antisocial tendency; ADHD; Medicalization; Care; Discomfort value.

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