Unit 7 discussion #1: mental illness

Over the last decade or so, there has been a rapid increase in the number of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While it is likely a legitimate diagnosis for many, for others the diagnosis is being used to gain an academic advantage, while some diagnosed with ADHD abuse their psychoactive medications and/or sell the prescription/pills to others.

This has created a dilemma for treatment professionals and parents as they try to discern what is a true mental illness. Some believe mental illness is a myth or a cultural phenomenon, while others believe that mental illness is a real problem.

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Is mental illness is a myth or a real problem? Please provide examples to support your response.

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