The Overpathologizing Of Child Behaviour (Or Why The DSM Isn’t Always Helpful)


When I was kid, the school complained that I was too fidgety and had trouble paying attention to the teacher. It was 1970 and I was given the diagnosis “Ants in her in pants.”

About the same time, my left-handed brother was having his hand thwacked with a ruler repeatedly for holding the pencil in his left hand. Writing was a behaviour that was only to be done with the right hand.



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