5_From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults - Conrad and Potter (1)

5_From Hyperactive Children to ADHD Adults - Conrad and Potter (1)

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562 CONRAD/POTTER "diagnostic project" (the professional legitimization of diagnoses), as well as within the larger social order (Cooksey and Brown 1998, p. 550). As numerous researchers have noted, psychi- atric diagnoses are not necessarily indicators of objective conditions, but are a product of a negotiated interactive process influenced by socio-political factors (Caplan 1995; Cooksey and Brown 1997; Kirk and Kutchins 1992; Kutchins and Kirk 1997). Diagnoses related to behavior or involving cognitive symptoms are frequently contested or controversial and, as such, diagno- sis of "functional diseases" can "represent an implicitly negotiated solution to the problem of idiosyncratic suffering that is not explainable by specific pathology" (Aronowitz 1998, p. 16). Most psychiatric disorders become legitimated in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the official guidebook for psychiatric diagnoses. Although DSM does not contain all medical diagnoses, when it comes to behavior, it can be seen as a repository of medicalized categories. Despite psychiatric claims, it is not a scientific document,
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