martedì 2 febbraio 2016

Contro la medicalizzazione

ADHD Reconsidered, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty: "Several readers have taken issue with my use of the term "ADHD."  To be honest, I'm not comfortable with it either, but my reason is the opposite of my critics.  Like the late great Thomas Szasz, my objection is that labels like ADHD medicalize people's choices - partly to stigmatize, but mostly to excuse.  In his words, "The business of psychiatry is to provide society with excuses disguised as diagnoses, and with coercions justified as treatments."  I realize this is an unwelcome view, but I do have a whole paper defending it, and I stand by it."

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