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Published: 14 October 2013

224 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199977383

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Accidental Intolerance

How We Stigmatize ADHD and How We Can Stop

Susan C. C. Hawthorne

  • Integrates influences from science, medicine, social sciences and psychology, philosophy of science, philosopy of medicine, and medical ethics
  • Engages debates in each of the fields listed above, as well as issues relevant to medical humanities, disability studies, sociology, and cultural studies
  • Defends the controversial thesis that today's medical, scientific, and educational approaches to ADHD change the features of stigma, but nevertheless strongly reinforce intolerance
  • Argues that clinical sciences are inescapably value-laden
  • Demonstrates how over-reliance on the DSM model of ADHD has slowed scientific progress
  • Offers practical recommendations for decreasing intolerance in the future:1. Use a democratic decision making strategy, the Pragmatic Framework, with roots in American Pragmatism, that requires carefully considering facts and values in all decisions and actions relevant to ADHD.; 2. Avoid dichotomizing ADHD from non-ADHD, contrary to DSM standards and other standards of practice; 3)Study new disease models and forms of intervention that are not based on DSM criteria; 4) Focus less on changing individuals, more on changing society.

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