The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic
Between the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012, there developed a shortage in the United States of ADHD medication because the demand suddenly became greater than the supply. Although there are many reasons, the bottom line is that the diagnosis of ADHD in children doubled from 5-11% during 1990-2012, not counting adults. This excellent review suggests the rapid increase in diagnosing 61/2 million ADHD kids probably has more to do with sociological factors-changes in the way we school our children, in the way we interact with doctors and in what we expect from our kids.
Although Dr Levinson fully agrees with all the details provided, one crucial factor has either been minimized or sidestepped: Overcoming Denial. Thus, for example, the world was flat until universally recognized to be round, the earth was the center of the universe until shown to be a mere spec, sibling rivalry and childhood sexuality did not exist before Freud, dyslexia was as rare as ADHD several decades ago, etc. And some still consider the latter disorders merely normal variations or just different styles of normal processing while others view them as gifts--predisposing those individuals to superior and creative functioning, despite an inconvenient truth. The vast majority with dyslexia and/or ADHD suffer and fail unless significantly helped.
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His "highly original" research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Levinson's concepts encompass the collective insights derived from the examinations, follow-up and successful treatment of over 35,000 children, adults and even seniors and have led to new methods of screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. His expanded theories appear capable of encompassing and/or explaining all reported symptoms as well as most other concepts and experimental data, thus resulting in a truly holistic perspective.
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