ADHD symptoms may mask autism in young kids

CBS NEWS
By DENNIS THOMPSON HEALTHDAY September 14, 2015

Autism overlooked by ADHD symptoms in young kids

Symptoms attributed to ADHD in very young children often delay diagnosis and early treatment of autism spectrum disorder by 3 yrs, a new study reveals.
The study was published online Sept. 14 and will appear in the October print issue of Pediatrics.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, many reasons were offered for these results, including that autism or ASD shares hyperactive, impulsive…symptoms. Overlooked is the key reason for these shared symptoms: ADHD often overlaps autism because both disorders share an overlooked cerebeller-vestibular dysfunction. Most important, the symptoms of both disorders were shown by Levinson to respond to CV-enhancing medications, including stimulants.

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
visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com
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