Alan Schwarz on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”


The New York Times has published an article by journalist Alan Schwarz entitled “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder.” In it, Schwarz examines how “the number of diagnoses soared as makers of the drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder found success with a two-decade marketing campaign.”

  1. This revelation meshes nicely with attempts of structural-functionalist sociologists to achieve “adjustment” to a weird society as the test for normality. See Anyone reading the DSM series must see the nod to Talcott Parsons.

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