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Disorder Definition

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What Google ranks top for any variation of medical disorder definition is nothing short of appaling.

And as can be seen, its love affair with wikipedia is one of the reasons.


Then it's no surprise that from MD to veterinarian to medical journal, and of course on all those "medical blogs" too, both language and treatment suggestions are a jumble.

So again, let's aim to promote clear sensible terminology because this is so utterly important for sensible treatment: exclaim

Disorder is an acquired physiological dysfunction of an organ or body system that shows as over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance, or an acquired psychological disturbance.

A disorder:

  • in form of a physiological dysfunction can be caused or triggered by radiation, vaccination, a pathogen, a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or poor diet (nutritional deficiency).
  • in form of a psychological disturbance it can be:
    • triggered by stress or social influence; example: Eating Disorder(sic!) and other behavioral disorders
    • or caused or triggered by a pathogen, a chemical substance (in medication, "food", household, or environment), or poor diet (nutritional deficiency).

Be aware that the separate mentioning of psychological disturbance does not deny that it always may be the result of a physiological dysfunction that has led to an over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance.

Instead, the separate mentioning serves the purpose to detail trigger and cause.

Note that:

Also note that an inherited over/under-production or over/under-utilization of a bodily substance is a defect because disorders can only be acquired.

Makes complete sense when you think about it:

  • Once acquired they bring the organism "out of order".
  • If the organism was "out of order" already at birth then obviously the organism had a defect already at birth, it never was "in order"!



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