An increasing number of kids with ADHD are not only taking stimulants to control their attention issues – but benefit from antipsychotics like Abilify and Risperdal to control their aggression, according to a new study recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. “The disruptive scores of these [pretreated] children were way out there,” said Dr. Michael Aman, director of clinical trials at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this important study justifies the use of combining meds in order to maximize the benefits of children with ADHD having complex aggressive and other issues. Ordinarily, antipsychotics are only FDA-approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and irritability in children with autism. Despite their side effects, it is crucial to weigh the severe risks of non-treatment in these highly aggressive, impulsive and acting-out children.
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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