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Should ADHD be considered a disease?

The medical model presents attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a brain dysfunction to be treated with medication that changes the biology of the brain. While "medicalizing" psychological symptoms of ADHD may serve insurance companies and practitioners, it may not always be in the best interest of clients. By calling a psychological disturbance a disease, mental health practitioners fail to consider the ways in which symptoms are meaningful in the context of their clients' lives. For example, a child who has experienced family stressors, peer rejection, and failure at school may disrupt the classroom as an expression of anxiety and anger toward an environment that he perceives as punishing. In this way, the symptom of disruptive behavior can be seen as meaningful from the child's perspective rather than as a symptom of a medical disease.
The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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The Gift of ADHD: How to Transform Your Child's Problems into Strengths

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