Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries

The New York Times
By ALAN SCHWARZMAY 16, 2014

10,000 American 2-3 year olds are being medicated for ADHD

More than 10,000 American toddlers are being medicated for ADHD outside established pediatric guidelines, according to data recently presented at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson and some others, this tendency must be more carefully monitored so as to include only the most severe and potentially “destructive” toddlers defying favorable responses from behavior and conservative approaches.
Although these results triggered an understandable reflex refutation by many because ADHD is not really understood in toddlers, it must be recognized that this treatment is clinically and experimentally justified to control a minority of toddlers with otherwise uncontrollable hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. And that ADHD is no doubt present at birth for a majority, albeit the official guidelines have only studied and treated older children.

However, the age at which ADHD is officially diagnosed keeps dropping over the years—decades. Levinson reported in Total Concentration that there may be two types of ADHD. One is milder and is due to and underlying cerebellar-vestibular dysfunction—accounting for the vast majority of cases. A less frequent but severe type appears due to a primary frontal lobe cerebral dysfunction and may account for those toddlers requiring stimulant and other treatments. Needless to say, all cases of ADHD may be complicated by traumatic emotional factors and so require careful evaluation and holistic therapeutic approaches.

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

SOURCE: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/us/among-experts-scrutiny-of-attention-disorder-diagnoses-in-2-and-3-year-olds.html?_r=0

By Harold Levinson, M.D.

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About Dr. Harold Levinson
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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