Journal Article — Drawing Attention to A Public Deficit: Sociological Self-Reflections on Growing Up with ADD — by Ellen Maher

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This article explores my own personal struggles with Attention Deficit Disorder as well as the larger implications of the disorder facing society as a whole through the lenses of both micro and macro sociological theories and concepts using a sociological imagination framework. It also works towards breaking down the common beliefs and misconceptions in society about what exactly having ADD entails, and how on a personal level one can work to combat these misconceptions.

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This article explores my own personal struggles with Attention Deficit Disorder as well as the larger implications of the disorder facing society as a whole through the lenses of both micro and macro sociological theories and concepts using a sociological imagination framework. It also works towards breaking down the common beliefs and misconceptions in society about what exactly having ADD entails, and how on a personal level one can work to combat these misconceptions. As a person with Attention Deficit Disorder taking the step of sharing her story in this paper, I believe it is important to work toward a paradigm shift in how the world views ADD, because for those who have ADD, the greatest barrier to the diagnosis is the public perception.

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Maher, Ellen. 2011. “Drawing Attention to A Public Deficit: Sociological Self-Reflections on Growing Up with ADD.” Pp. 55-67 in Graduate Theorizations: Imaginative Applied Sociologies—Manifest and Latent (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IX, Issue 1, 2011.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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