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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social construction, and metaphor

Neil Pickering

in The Metaphor of Mental Illness

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780198530886
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198530886.003.0007

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social construction, and metaphor

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In this chapter I shall apply some of my thinking to ADHD. This means setting out an argument for the claim that the behaviours that are referred to by the term ADHD are made into an illness by metaphor. That is to say ADHD represents their being imaginatively categorized as illness, and so ADHD is a human creation in the sense developed in the last chapter. However, I shall resist the argument that its being a creation of the human imagination implies that ADHD is merely a social construct that cannot play any role in a genuine science.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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