Time: • Belinda Luscombe @youseless March 18,
Here’s what would induce a parent to start messing
with the chemistry of their growing kid’s brain
“No mother wants to drug her kids. Nobody lies around pensively
stroking her pregnant belly and thinks, ‘Just can’t wait to medicate
this little sucker.”’But here’s the thing: unless we are going to radically
alter the way we teach kids, there’s not much else parents can do to get
some kids through school.” Although Dr. Saul believes the growth in
ADHD prescriptions is completely organic, his suggestions that ADHD
does not exist and medications are dangerous refutes the everyday
experiences of most parents similar to the author. “We started giving
him meds at age 11. Within two weeks, there was a marked change.
That year, he learned to read — and write.”
Acccording to Dr. Harold Levinson, this commonsense article
sums up and wins the controversy as to ADHD’s existence and
the use of medications to treat it. Basically, there exists no other
therapy that compares in efficacy and rapidity in compensating
for the often devastating symptoms of ADHD– affecting all
involved, not just the individual. Most important, the side-effects
of non-medical treatment are infinitely greater than those of nontreatment,
similar to the use of vaccinations and most other
treatments. Although the arguments against ADHD’s existence are
significantly bogus, including Dr. Saul’s claim that most cases have distinct
and treatable non-ADHD causes, individuals will seek medical treatment
for ADHD until a more effective alternative is found.
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 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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