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do we overdiagnose mental health? | podcast prequel | uneven 21

Millions of people have been diagnosed with psychiatric conditions, and many of them take medication. While this benefits some, there's also a dark side. Are we being over-diagnosed? Are we being over-medicated? And, is there a better alternative?


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0:00:00 welcome to "uneven"???

0:00:27 not everything is a diagnosable issue

0:01:15 i'm guilty of this too, benzos

0:02:41 no medical background

0:03:23 overmedication / polydrugging

0:04:44 all medications have side effects

0:06:06 pathologizing our emotions

0:08:41 medicating "normal" behaviors

0:10:13 brief phone irritations

0:10:34 ADHD diagnosis / medication

0:12:05 prefer natural approach first

0:13:48 can't know long-term effects

0:18:11 identifying with a diagnosis

0:19:25 we are responsible for our health

0:20:29 we adapt

0:21:34 identifying with a diagnosis II

0:23:05 what are we doing to make our life better?



Modern Wisdom Podcast #674 — Guest: Adam Lane Smith

— Using mental health diagnosis as an excuse not to improve your life.

Medicating Normal (Documentary Film)

— This documentary film focuses on the negative effects of over-medicating psychiatric conditions.


Recording Info

— RECORDED: Monday, January 22, 2024

— LOCATION: Colorado


The Podcast





Welcome to “uneven,” a podcast about life, anxiety, and being human. In such a chaotic world, how do we better our lives and the lives of those around us? Maybe, just maybe, we might find a few solutions together. Join veteran podcaster D E Foster as he explores the intimate struggles so many of us experience — often in silence. I hope you’ll join us.


The uneven podcast is for general information purposes only and should never be considered medical, psychological, or any other form of health advice. Health-related information provided is not a substitute for professional advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems or to prescribe any medical devices, psychological treatments, or other remedies. Never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it.

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If you, or anyone you know, is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately. Resources can be found on our website at:


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uneven theme music

— TITLE: From the Earth

— ARTIST: Humans Win

— PUBLISHER: Lance Conrad (BMI)


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