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Philosophizing about Child and Adolescent Mental Disorders: Promoting Interdisciplinary Dialogue


by Christian Perring October 07, 2008

Rates of diagnosis of childhood mental disorders such as ADHD, depression and bipolar disorder have been increasing, and controversies about medications continue to rage. Psychiatrists and psychologists tend to defend their medical and psychological approaches, while critics point to the power of Big Pharma, decreased tolerance for difference, and the medicalizing of problems that are better treated as moral. Here philosophical discussion can help, clarifying the nature of the debates about science and ethics, and providing neutral ground for dialogue to occur.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 07, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15402, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:08:27 PM

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  • Christian Perring
    Dowling College
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    CHRISTIAN PERRING is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dowling College.
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