The introduction sets the stage by explaining what the common mental disorder ADHD is; establishing the prominence of ADHD in the current U.S. medical, scientific, and cultural landscapes; and stressing the ongoing clinical, scientific, practical, and ethical controversies surrounding the diagnosis. It also presents the goal and strategy of the book. The goal is to demonstrate how current practices reinforce intolerance and slow down acquisition of knowledge, so that we can use that knowledge to establish effective changes in practice. To open the option of change, Chapters 1–3 demonstrate that “ADHD” is only one among many medical, scientific, and social options for describing and managing behavior. Chapters 4–5 then explain the epistemic and ethical problems with the current practice, and Chapter 6 recommends new approaches. The chapter’s conclusion points out that the reasoning in this book is applicable to many other issues in clinical science.
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