The Kansas City Star kansascity.com
The Associated Press May 10
Higher diagnoses may be related to better recognition of milder cases
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Statistics released in a 2011 national survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 19 percent of children between ages 4 and 17 had been diagnosed with ADHD compared to 11 percent nationally. Medical professionals aren’t sure why Kentucky’s rates are so high. Theories include high-risk factors, over-diagnosis and a greater awareness of the disorder.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, these data most probably reflect greater awareness and thus more milder cases diagnosed. Others suggest over- diagnosis or misdiagnosis. Although scientists have linked ADHD to genetics as well as alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy and is identified more frequently in the poor, all these latter factors were more prevalent and/or more severe years ago when this disorder was unrecognized.
These and other diagnostic issues were discussed by Levinson in Total Concentration. And because ADHD was found significantly comorbid with dyslexia or LD and characterized by balance and coordination neurological signs, the latter can be utilized to enhance diagnostic accuracy.
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. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit: http://www.dyslexiaonline.com
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