The Social Construction and Reframing of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

In this article, I integrate research in social construct theory, the medicalization of attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and strengths-based theory to propose a change inthe way American society negatively labels and interacts with people diagnosed with ADHD.This article presents examples of global perspectives on ADHD, the nature of stigma thatoccurs to those who receive a medical diagnosis of ADHD, and the need to reframe ADHDfrom a disease to that of a positive difference. The reader is asked to consider the implicationsfor millions who suffer from the stigma of ADHD. Starting with children diagnosed withADHD, I suggest that members of society begin to reframe ADHD as a social construct recognizingthe strengths and positive traits because there are many. This is a call to all membersof society, especially those professionals of the medical, psychological, social, and educationalsystems, to adopt a strengths-based model of support for those diagnosed with ADHD.The Social Construction and Reframing of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 14, Number 1, 2012


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Barbara A. Mather
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Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Volume 14, Number 1, 2012

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