Nearly half of all pre-schoolers with ADHD are on medication

Washington Post

By Lenny Bernstein April 1, 2015

50% of ADHD Pre-schoolers on Rx

The first national survey of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder shows that nearly half of pre-schoolers are on medication alone or with behavioral therapy for the condition. More than a fifth were receiving neither of the recommended therapies.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson and the researchers, the increased numbers of treated young children diagnosed with ADHD reflects a much better understanding of this disorder. Considering the unknowns of stimulants in young children’s brain development, the authors suggest that greater use of behavior modification is needed. However, clinically Levinson has seen no negatives from early stimulant use and great benefits in preventing the devastating fall-out possible when this disorder is not treated.
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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