The New York Times
By JUDITH BERCK date published SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
It’s Old Age and ADHD!
In a recent New York Times Blog, increased forgetfulness in a 73-year-old widow was diagnosed and successfully treated for ADHD with stimulants by Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Unfortunately, ADHD has not been carefully studied in the elderly. Nor has dyslexia.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, the incidence of ADHD and dyslexia are the same or higher in seniors than in younger individuals. The reasons are simple to understand once the underlying determinants of these often overlapping disorders are recognized.
Based on Levinson’s research, the symptoms of both ADHD and dyslexia arise when higher concentration and reading centers of the brain fail to adequately descramble the ‘dizzy’ signals resulting from a fine-tuning impairment within the inner-ear and cerebellum. Thus persistent and deteriorating inner-ear/cerebellar functioning in the elderly as well as decreased compensation result in intensification or newly created ADHD and dyslexia.
Levinson has reported significant improvements in both disorders, regardless of age, when treated with inner-ear-enhancing stimulants as well as other medications and nutrients.
Without these insights, millions of elderly are misdiagnosed, often with dementia, and deprived of rapid and dramatic improvements. Untreated, secondary anxiety and depressive symptoms arise, often resulting in a vicious cycle and intensification of symptoms.
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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