Health Care Essay

Topics: Psychiatry, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Health care Pages: 4 (1381 words) Published: December 4, 2012
Health Care Essay.
This essay is based upon Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The definition of ADHD determined by Oxford Dictionaries (2012) is; any of a range of behavioural disorders occurring primarily in children, including such symptoms as poor concentration, hyperactivity, and learning difficulties. It is argued by some that ADHD is not an illness but an ‘easy’ way for parents to excuse deviant behaviour, some peoples opinion is that the label of ADHD provided a way for parents and others to shirk responsibility. Whereas others say that ADHD is an illness which needs professional diagnosis and medical treatment. I will research both arguments, and look at the history surrounding mental health and how it’s changed over the years. I will also investigate the effects ADHD can have on a child in today’s society.

“ADHD became a popular diagnosis in the 1980s, as more parents went to work and the role of schools and teachers changed,”( Stephen R. Herr 2010) he went on to say “The creation of ADHD as a psychological disorder was in part an attempt to deal with some of the difficulties of raising children. Unfortunately, that attempt has fallen short.” In other words, children can be difficult to raise especially when parents have other commitments. He believes that it is natural for a child to misbehave, he says that this is not a sign of a medical problem such as ADHD.

In the medieval times, if people acted differently than how society expected them to behave, they would have been accused of possession by the devil or witchcraft and would have been tortured, hanged or burned at the stake. In the 1700’s people behaving abnormally such as the symptoms of ADHD, would have been put into mental institutes such as Bedlam. Bedlam was an institute in London where people who were seen as ‘insane’ were placed to live. Medical students would experiment on them; rich people would buy tickets to see how they lived and taunt them. The living conditions...
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