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SILVA, Ellen Fernanda Gomes da  and  BARRETO, Carmem. Black card of medicalization: reflections for a psychological clinic. Rev. NUFEN [online]. 2019, vol.11, n.1, pp. 86-101. ISSN 2175-2591.º01artigo47.

This article aims to discuss the phenomenon of medicalization in the psychological clinic, from a hermeneutic phenomenological perspective. The medicalization of life surpasses the use of drugs and is configured as a current phenomenon that seeks to explain and treat questions of human existence from the perspective of the technical / biomedical model. In an attempt to reflect this theme, a cut was made in the doctoral thesis of the principal researcher, in which clinical psychologists interviewed, narrated about their experiences regarding medicalization. The research carried out revealed a search for patients to find instant relief for their symptoms and their suffering through the use of medications. The psychologists interviewed also indicated a banalization of prescription, however they did not disregard its importance in many cases. In this direction, we propose another perspective, from the hermeneutic phenomenology: a clinic that receives suffering, the questions of existence, and says "yes" and "no" to the use of medication.

Keywords : Clinical action; Hermeneutical Phenomenology; Medicalization; Psychology.

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