Adhd And How It Is Perceived Today Essay

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ADHD is one of the most controversial conditions, which is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, acting out without thinking, or being overly active. This paper analyzes data regarding ADHD discourse, reports on certain methods and findings of this analysis and draws some conclusions from these findings. I will focus on the way scientific discourse shapes our understanding of ADHD, medicalization, the importance of classification, and if certain treatments are necessary. This literature review explores the works of four authors whose ideas are relevant to the discussion of ADHD and how it is perceived in our society today. Joseph Dumit (2003) talks about roles of brain images that alter how people with depression understand themselves and their own bodies. These images that we see cause us to assume that we are our brains, which is an incomplete understanding. He says that these images can divide people into different “kinds of persons” (Dumit, 2003, p.36) labeling them as normal, depressed, or schizo. Claudia Malacrida (2004) looks at two divergent sites, Canada & the UK, and compares the roles of medicalization when it comes to ADHD. She explores the perception of mothers of ADHD children regarding how educators perceive and treat their children. She finds that in Canada, ADHD medicalization plays a stronger role, while in Britain there are more forms…

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