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Rising Incidence of “ADHD” Calls for Radical Rethinking

Posted by Claudia M Gold November 27, 2013 01:51 PM

When the American Academy of Pediatrics changed the guidelines for ADHD to expand age of diagnosis to include children from age 4-18 (from 6-12), that the number of cases would rise was, by definition, inevitable. Speaking at an international child psychiatry conference with a working title: “The  ADHD Diagnosis : a Deconstruction from Developmental, Psychoanalytic, Infant Mental Health and Neuropsychiatric Perspectives, ” Dr. Claudia Gold provided vital insights into determining the varied mechanisms contributing to the symptoms of ADHD as well as offering non-pharmacological alternatives. Thus she states, ” ‘ADHD’, used as a primary diagnosis, has no etiologic significance, is conceptually and diagnostically distracting, leads to a paucity of thinking about a patient’s early developmental history and trauma, and is therapeutically misleading. I hope that there will be a large scale movement to “deconstruct” the ‘ADHD’ diagnosis. In essence deconstructing the diagnosis means eliminating the diagnosis.  Instead we would understand and treat the multiple parts that make up what is now called ADHD. Such a process would result in  effective early intervention and prevention.

“According to Dr Levinson, “Dr. Gold‘s ADHD concepts and their clinical implementation in young children are exceptional and brilliantly stated. I had proposed similar concepts in my book “Total concentration,” albeit with some differences. At the time I proposed subdividing Concentration Disorders or ADHD into 4-5 diverse and often overlapping etiological categories. And then dissecting their Realistic, Traumatic, Neurotic, Neurophysiological cerebellar-vestibular and  Cerebral origins or mechanisms. And then treating each of the contributing mechanisms selectively, rather than viewing this composite syndrome as having only one cause and one corresponding treatment. ”

“According to Dr Levinson, “Dr. Gold’s ADHD concepts and their clinical implementation in young children are exceptional and brilliantly stated. I had proposed similar concepts in my book “Total concentration, albeit with some differences. At the time I proposed subdividing Concentration Disorders or ADHD into 4 diverse and often overlapping etiological categories. And then dissecting their Realistic, Traumatic, Neurotic, Neurophysiological cerebellar-vestibular and  Cerebral origins or mechanisms. And then treating each contributing mechanism selectively. ”


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 Great Neck, Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His “highly original” research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Initially supported by Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles and other outstanding cerebellar neurophysiologists and inner-ear scientists, Levinson’s research has more recently been independently validated worldwide by highly sophisticated neuroimaging brain studies.

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Source: http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/childinmind/2013/11/rising_incidence_of_adhd_calls.html