Written by Rachel Barclay
Published on May 6, 2014
All with ADHD must be screened and treated for hidden emotional trauma
New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada, reveals that ADHD children experience childhood trauma 3x (18% vs.6%) more often than those without ADHD.
Nicole Brown, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and lead author of the study, cautions that these emotional traumas may influence or be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.
According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this research is crucial for both diagnosis and treatment. Because emotional trauma invariably complicates and intensifies the symptoms of ADHD, it is crucial to treat both components for maximum improvement. Moreover, the symptoms created by both groups of disorders may be similar, requiring differentiation.
“The presence of cerebellar-vestibular or inner-ear neurological balance and coordination signs are present in ADHD but absent in emotional trauma,” notes Levinson. “ Also ADHD is comorbid with dyslexic or LD symptoms. These differences may be helpful in separating ADHD vs. emotionally triggered disorders when they do not overlap.”
Importantly, all children diagnosed with ADHD must be screened and treated for coexisting emotional trauma. Some experts have mistakenly concluded that ADHD does not exist because they have overlooked the coexisting and/or resulting emotional trauma of ADHD or misunderstood that treating the latter also helps compensate overall symptoms.
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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