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ADHD as a Social Construction

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Information about ADHD as a Social Construction
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Published on March 8, 2014

Author: JessicaWBell

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Should ADHD be classified as a neurological disorder or a social construction?
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Should ADHD be classified as a mental disorder or a social construction? Jessica Bell

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? The National Institute of Mental Health defines ADHD’s symptoms as difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficult controlling behavior, and overhyperactivity.

Disorder or Construction? ADHD is a social construction. The behavioral problems associated with it fall on spectrum of normative behavior Images from Clip Art

Some Evidence Disproportionate number of ADHD cases from white middle- and upper-middle-class children Lack of specific and consistent testing models Lack of biological or psychiatric indicators Similar reactions to ADHD medications between diagnosed and undiagnosed children Image Source: Benjamin Perkus, Ph. D. drperkus.com/adhd

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