If we were to argue that ADHD is a social construct created by society to explain certain behaviors, then any other mental disorder would be considered a social construct. Saying that we as a society invented ADHD and other disorders such as bi-polar disorder or depression is irresponsible, as it puts individuals with these conditions at risk. By denying that these conditions exist, people may be less likely to seek treatment because of feeling shamed for not being able to function in a way that is seen as “normal” to others.
ADHD is a real condition that was discovered in the early 1900’s, and is still being researched today. Though the causes of ADHD are still a mystery, we cannot simply say it was created by society just because we don’t have all the answers.