Attention With Attention Deficit Disorder

1519 WordsDec 10, 20147 Pages
Attention Deficit and Comorbidities Normally, during a conversation, a person will have a thought, process it, and then decided whether or not to communicate it. However, there are those who have no choice; they speak every thought that enters their minds, a symptom of attention deficit disorder. In the public eye, mental health concerns have had a long and rugged history. Treatment attempts have often been extreme and damaging, from strait jackets to lobotomies, but, in today’s society, we are headed in a more civil direction. Brain imaging, medical tactics, and therapy have helped patients and doctors understand mental health disorders, but there are still those who fall through the cracks. While attention deficit disorder is currently one of the most studied mental illnesses, many children are going undiagnosed and left to battle the burden of the impairing symptoms without any aid. The impacts of allowing children with attention deficit disorder to go untreated will increase the probability of a comorbid disorder in their adulthood. The media holds a prominent role as the factor influencing who will and who will not be diagnosed. Society forms its understanding of attention deficit disorder from the stigmata created by media portrayal and people are then forced to make their decisions within this realm of society. Juanne N. Clarke from the department of sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada demonstrates in her article, “Magazine Portrayal of Attention
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