Sunday, April 21, 2019

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  • The climate of people’s attitudes towards mental health in America is really quite disheartening. While the term “mental illness” in some ways removes the stigma of depression and other mental disorders by normalizing it. Simultaneously however the term perpetuates the disease model of perceiving mental disorders. This model is very reductionist and limiting in the sense that it treats mental illness as treatable by the same means that traditional illnesses are treated. This is dangerous because it results in instances like this were parents blindly listen to the recommendations of doctors, who all to often simply recommend medication rather than accepting that there are a plethora of possible factors that could result in symptoms which appear to be reminiscent of ADHD. Additionally, people often subliminally perceive these medications as safe because they are prescribed by a doctor; this could not be further from the truth. In fact I actually read a very informative article recently on some of the lesser known consequences of drugs like Ritalin. If you or someone you know is considering seeking treatment for ADHD I would recommend you look over it, it’s a good read. https://goo.gl/Hk2pQo