Posted: Mar 19, 2014
By Donna Rapado
ADHD Exists Despite Dr. Saul’s Denial
In this week’s Time magazine, Dr. Richard Saul again argues that
ADHD “does not exist.” Dr. Julie Pace, a child psychologist at Emory
University, disagrees although admitting that ADHD is sometimes
mistaken for other conditions and does not always require medication
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, ADHD exists and the risk of
non-treatment is far higher than that of stimulant treatment by far. As
Levinson had previously written in detail, Saul’s arguments betrays
either a bias rooted in denial or an attempt to sell books via a
sensational contention that will lead to real misdiagnoses and nontreatment.
By analogy, his reasoning is akin to an expert claiming
Autism doesn’t exist because it can’t be medically diagnosed, except by
its symptoms. Even worse, imagine the fallacy of using our ability to
recognize a much greater number of milder autistics within a category
called ASD to refute this diagnosis altogether, albeit of unknown
origins. And even worse still, imagine reasoning that since autism can
be misdiagnosed, it shouldn’t be treated with medications, assuming it
could be, as there is a risk of side-effects. This mistaken reasoning
would lead to non-medical treatment for all disorders.
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.
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