Experiences and Explanations of ADHD - Cultural Dynamics of Social Representation (Hardback)Mikka Nielsen (author)
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Research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually presents the disorder from either a neurobiological perspective, describing the disorder as an impairment in executive functions, or from a critical, sociological perspective, whereby ADHD is explained as a consequence of the medicalization of deviant behaviour. Neither of these perspectives tells us about the experience of living with ADHD, or explains how ADHD unfolds within specific contexts and relations. Experiences and Explanations of ADHD addresses this lacuna by exploring bodily experiences of ADHD and people's experiences of obtaining a diagnosis.
Drawing on in-depth interviews with adults diagnosed with ADHD, the book provides an examination of how the diagnosis is understood, used and acted upon by the people receiving the diagnosis. This book delves into the phenomenology of ADHD and uncovers the experiences of a highly-debated diagnosis from a first-person perspective. It also considers these experiences within the context of our time and culture and, as a result, provides new ways of understanding the human being. Researchers argue that diagnoses are far from doctors' only tool in clinical practice, but this book demonstrates that people actively engage with the diagnostic descriptions and turn to their doctor in search of a particular diagnosis. Hence, Nielsen argues, diagnoses function not only as entries for treatment and resources, but also as carriers of explanations and self-understanding.
Experiences and Explanations of ADHD should be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of cultural psychology and medical anthropology, as well as those with an interest in the sociology of diagnoses.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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