In a class I'm taking on deviant behavior, the current section is focusing on the so-called "medicalization" of deviant behavior. The curriculum in general is calling into question the legitimacy of mood and other cognitive disorders whose symptoms are primarily behavior based, such as ADHD and bi-polar disorder. An oversimplified take on it is basically "psychology and psychiatry is wrong."
As of this very moment, I am supposed to be writing a short essay on why ADHD isn't real and why drugs shouldn't be taken for it and why the drugs used to "treat" it shouldn't be considered "medication." I, personally, am having a very hard time with it because I was, in fact, diagnosed as having ADHD coupled with slow processing speed as a teen and attribute that diagnosis, the subsequent treatment, and status as a person with disabilities (academically) to much of why I am able to be successful as a young adult, academically and otherwise. I truly believe my brain functions differently, and that it puts me at a dramatic disservice when I am not unmedicated. And frankly, the way the curriculum and assignment has been presented makes me feel very insecure about being honest about my experience and analysis of the subject with my professor. I fear that if I disagree, I will receive a poor grade and be told that I have not "grasped" the concept or w/e.
Sooo basically I was wondering what the good people of EF think about my situation and the subject in general. All polls are private but I'd love an explanation of views and discussion about it.