ADHD pandemic causes researchers to fidget A global surge in diagnosis and treatment may have more to do with marketing than medicine

Brandeis Now
By Leah Burrows Nov. 18, 2014


In a recent paper in the journal Social Science and Medicine, lead author Conrad provides many reasons for this rapid increase in the world-wide diagnoses of ADHD and the use of stimulants. The most important factor is not science but ADHD advocacy groups working closely with drug companies to promote pharmaceutical treatment. “I think we may look back on this time in 50 years and ask, what did we do to these kids?” Conrad says.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, the main reason for the increased diagnoses for ADHD is scientifically based and significantly overlooked: Increased diagnoses are largely due to a better understanding of this disorder, especially milder cases previously overlooked and not medically treated.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
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 Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or

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