Diagnosis and treatment of ADHD
In a series of excellent comments, inattentive and very active preschool children and even Community College students were considered part of a normal spectrum and found to respond very favorably to flexible and understanding teachers without a diagnosis or medical treatment for ADHD.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson
The debate over whether or not ADHD is over- diagnosed and that there is a normal spectrum of inattention may overlook other important considerations, which include the following: The increased diagnosis of ADHD may be in part due to the recognition that ADHD may also vary along a spectrum from mild to severe, rather than just severe. And as also noted within Levinson’s book– Total Concentration, ADHD may coexist and be intensified by non-ADHD factors and so improve when the latter determinants are addressed. And like dyslexia, self-compensation often occurs in ADHD if emotional scarring is avoided or during maturation. Needless to say, the determination of all these factors will facilitate understanding and thus minimize the need for emotional debates based on limited vs. holistic insights.
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
Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author.
By Harold Levinson
A version of this letter appears in print on March 5, 2014, on page A26 of the New York edition
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