More ADHD cases being diagnosed at younger ages, report finds

By Azadeh Ansari, CNN
September 3, 2015

1/3 of ADHD Children “Reliably” Diagnosed by 6 yrs

One-third of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States have been found to be diagnosed before 6 years old, according to a new report.

Despite concern about possible misdiagnosis at a such a young age as well as the rising detected incidence of 11%, researchers involved with the report say the data shows promising trends on the reliability of the diagnosis.

“Clinical interview, in combination with gaining insights into the child’s environment, might be in, a child’s family health history and feedback on their behavior from teachers and parents, can all be key factors in making an accurate diagnosis,” said lead author Visser.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, these latest findings substantiate his clinically-based research, summarized within his book Total Concentration, suggesting that ADHD occurs in far greater numbers than previously recognized. And ADHD can be reliably diagnosed early, if proper clinical evaluations are performed using multiple sources of observation as well as neurological examinations.

Although ADHD overlaps with dyslexia or LD as well as a score of other seemingly unrelated disorders, including dyspraxia or imbalance and dyscoordination, no one has come up with a simple and reasonable explanation.

By contrast, Dr. Levinson reasoned that ADHD and all other overlapping or comorbid disorders are all due to one signal-scrambling dysfunction of inner-ear or cerebellar-vestibular origin. Thus diverse brain areas receiving scrambled signals result in seemingly unrelated disorders. But all are characterized by balance and coordination symptoms which are crucial for diagnosis, especially early diagnosis.

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.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/03/health/adhd-diagnosis-getting-younger/

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