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Susan Hawthorne, Professor of Philosophy, on ADHD, February 2014


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Susan Hawthorne is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Catherine University. She is author of Accidental Intolerance: How We Stigmatize ADHD and How We Can Stop (2013), which argues that, in the past few decades, medical, scientific, and social approaches to ADHD have jointly–but unintentionally–reinforced intolerance of ADHD-diagnosed people: we have packed social values, such as interests in efficiency and productivity, into science and medicine, and, in turn, scientific results and medical practice reinforce the same social values, and stigmatize those considered “disordered.”

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