ADHD, herfra min verden går... i stå? - Daglig livsførelse med ADHD diagnosen

Sofie Johanne Rasmussen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis presents the results of a qualitative study, evolving ADHD diagnosed adult’s experiences of the diagnosis in their everyday lives. The aim of the thesis is to investigate, how adults lead their daily lives with the diagnosis of ADHD, how they experience life with a diagnosis, and if having a diagnosis helps them to cope with the challenges they face in their everyday life.
The study is based on four qualitative interviews, conducted in the spring of 2016. Inspired by the critical psychological practice research, practice is examined from the subject scientific ideal of common dialogue, and creation of knowledge between researcher and co- researcher. This approach revolves around the everyday life of the subject in various practices and within specific life conditions. Using this approach, a local knowledge has been created, which in this case represents a knowledge related to specific subjects lives in different contexts and their local conditions and structures of meaning. This approach, The Conduct of Everyday Life, examines conflicts and dilemmas of life from a first person perspective. The concepts of participation and action in practice, explores the individual possibilities to participate and act in life, and examines how the diagnosis helps to expand or limit these possibilities.
This investigation has proven, that the understanding of the diagnosis of ADHD as biologically rooted, will govern the subject in dealing with conflicts and dilemmas in their everyday live. It has been clarified that the diagnosis leads to a reasoning trap where everyday conflicts is explained from ADHD alone. This leads to a fixation of the co-researchers agency, which opposes change and development in their conduct of everyday life. Thereby it must be argued, that the diagnosis is not, in fact, beneficial to the subject as it does not expand the possibilities of participation.
Moreover, this study includes a socio-cultural, critical psychological practice research and psychoanalytic research perspective on ADHD, in order to discus diverse perspectives in the understanding of ADHD. In general, the investigation has proven, that in order to understand the diagnosis of ADHD, the field of human arts and the field of natural science needs to be cooperating as to overcome doubts and dilemmas related to the diagnosis, and for the diagnosis to have a beneficial impact in the everyday life of the subject.

Key words: critical psychology, conduct of everyday life, first-person perspective, situated knowledge, ADHD diagnosis

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato29 sep. 2016
VejledereErnst Schraube