Arguments for Discussion in Bioethics, on the Medication of Children with a Diagnosis of Hyperactivity (ADHD)

José Antonio García Pereáñez


This paper brings together the work of several critics from different fields as a way of stimulating an interdisciplinary debate in Bioethics, specifically regarding controversial topics such medication of children with ADHD diagnosis. The main topic discussed in the article is the instrumentalization of body health over the being’s health. It is also highlighted the way in which discourses from disciplines such as Psychiatry and Education serve contemporary capitalism by creating or using mechanisms of control over children, including psychopathology of behaviour, whose ultimate goal is to institutionalize “the normal”.


Health status, Hyperactivity, Metaphysics of medicine, Medical bioethics, Power


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