ADHD is a Real Disorder Misrepresented by a Fake Book, claims Dr. Harold Levinson
By Cheryl K. Chumley-The Washington Times Monday, January 6, 2014
“Zero: That’s the percent of children suffering from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, ” neurologist Dr. Richard Saul said in his new book, ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. Moreover, he claims the stimulants prescribed cavalierly are dangerous and addictive. To justify his convictions, he reports that there are many other causes of impaired concentration other than ADHD, including simple boredom as well as psychological and neurological issues. The New York Post reported controversy is already generating and the book’s due out in February.
According to Dr Levinson, the underlying reason for the above presented statements by Saul is simply ingenious: to sell books using the media’s desire to sell itself via drama and controversy. Tragically, the readers are left confused. And thus desperate parents and patients are left too fearful to make vitally needed decisions
Every experienced medical clinician knows better than to take this book’s content seriously, and Dr. Saul is no exception. However, there are many justified valid criticisms to the current diagnostic evaluation of ADHD which Levinson highlighted in his book Total Concentration. Since there are many diverse causes of concentration impairments, the current diagnostics should be dramatically modified.
For example, ADHD diagnosis by the number of symptoms alone omits other causes as well as overlapping determinants, resulting in less than optimal treatment results. And the current requirement for diagnostic validity in the absence specific neurological criteria most often eliminates moderate and milder individuals with ADHD from proper diagnosis and needed treatment. Thus Levinson has suggested a new classification of ADHD as well as more effective therapies based his cerebellar-vestibular theory of origin. In addition, he has provided these diagnostic criteria recently validated by Harvard researchers using advanced neuroimaging techniques.
Despite the above-mentioned and many other limitations, the foundations of modern medicine were based entirely on initially attempting to understand and define ailments by their observed symptoms. As with ADHD, refinements occurred with increasing experience over time. To deny both the validity of ADHD and the efficacy of stimulant therapy today because we don’t have all the answers beforehand is to deny the history of scientific achievement. Just think back. Although diabetes was once incompletely thought of as a comatose state in which a patient’s breath had a distinct odor and their urine was sugary did not bely the disorder’s existence. Look how far we came having avoided or overcoming “the deniers.”
Because of this topic’s importance, Dr. Levinson will complete this review in greater detail by February.
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, Long Island, 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. Initially supported by Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles and other outstanding cerebellar neurophysiologists and inner-ear scientists, Levinson’s research has more recently been independently validated worldwide by highly sophisticated neuroimaging brain studies.
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