Friday, September 24, 2021

Comments by cpmorley

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  • Good piece, deserving of a second read to properly digest the whole. In the mean time, I’d like to offer two quick thoughts.

    First, mental health research has always had a bit of an inferiority complex, precisely because it is difficult if not impossible to conduct positivistically. Positivism dominates the conversation precisely because the conversation is so easily dissected by those coming from disciplines that yield more results by positivistic inquiry.

    Secondly, there is good money to be made by selling technological fixes to isolated, decontextualized problems. (Yes, I say “problems” without irony here. Many who seek mental health treatment do so because they are suffering and want help; hence they have a problem they would like solved.)

    In case of interest, here is a short link to some articles that relate to the malleability of the ADHD construct (Note and disclosure: some of these papers are my own):