Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the use of drugs to treat it raise significant questions about the nature of psychiatric disorder and what we do to ourselves when we medicalize life (particularly the irregularities of childhood). We therefore need to question the integrity of the diagnostic category involved and examine accusations that child psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry together are causing an expanding and threatening medicalization of the normal problems or immaturities and experimentations or freedom of children who are exploring what it is to be new (unformed) human beings looking for information. This provokes an interesting discussion of our sociopolitical use of psychiatry and therapeutic interventions to regulate our dealings with those we are making in a situated, or our own, human image.

Chapter.  6328 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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