Accidental Intolerance: How We Stigmatize ADHD and How We by Susan C. C. Hawthorne

By Susan C. C. Hawthorne

In Accidental Intolerance, Susan Hawthorne argues that previously few a long time, our clinical, medical, and social ways to ADHD have together -- yet unintentionally-reinforced intolerance of ADHD-- clinically determined humans. we now have packed social values, similar to pursuits in potency and productiveness, into technological know-how and drugs.

In flip, clinical effects and scientific perform make stronger the social values, and stigmatize these thought of "disordered." Overreliance at the DSM version of ADHD contributes to this method; it may possibly additionally sluggish the expansion in our wisdom of psychological healthiness. but lots of our present practices are not obligatory. For moral, functional, and clinical purposes, then, Hawthorne argues that these concerned with ADHD-including clinicians, scientists, educators, mom and dad, policy-makers, and clinically determined individuals-need to check and alter the attitudes, innovations, and practices commonplace of today's techniques.

To make this situation, Hawthorne examines either general practices and ongoing controversies in clinical, medical, and social techniques to ADHD, displaying why execs in each one environment have selected the practices and ideas they've got. She then explains how the various methods impression each other, and the way we would interrupt the development. Shared goals-decreasing stigmatization, supplying new concepts for clinically determined humans, and lengthening knowledge-can force the much-needed switch. Adopting inclusive, responsive determination making in all components of perform will foster it.

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In my view, “dysfunction,” “disease,” and “mental disorder” are all inescapably evaluative concepts—but my reasons for thinking so will not be clear until Chapter 4, where I show how values influence scientific concepts. In any case, disagreements over what constitutes harm, dysfunction, or impairment form the basis of much friction concerning ADHD: ADHD experts and nonexperts disagree over whether ADHD-associated traits and behaviors should be considered dysfunctional at all, and they differ over the frequency or severity of symptoms that should be considered dysfunctional.

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