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A new book by Dr. Saul titled ADHD Does Not Exist, has been reviewed and published on the similarly themed website by Dr. Levinson, who has many years of experience in this field.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 05, 2014
Currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. Dr. Levinson is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. He has recently published a review on the new book by Dr. Saul, ADHD Does Not Exist, on his website http://www.dyslexiaonline.com, which is now open for comments.
Dr. Levinsons work, and the work of the Levinson Medical Center, focuses on proper diagnoses and treatment for disorders like attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. According to their experts, for a proper diagnosis, the sustained concentration and non-concentration symptoms characterizing ADHD must satisfy highly researched and stringent official psychiatric criteria.
Due to the severity of the statements made in the book ADHD Does Not Exist, Dr. Levinson has collected research from his own background, and that of the medical center, that he believes contradicts, or rather disproves Dr. Sauls claims, and has published a formal retort. Several of Dr. Sauls points that Dr. Levinson takes issue against are outlined here in summary:
For example, Dr. Levinson states: The criteria for diagnoses of ADHD should not exclude all other coexisting, albeit important, causal determinants of inattention mentioned by Saul and others so as to avoid contaminating diagnostic errors, such as insufficient sleep, visual difficulties, mental retardation, autism, etc.
Non Treatment Risks
One of the assertions in Dr. Sauls book that is addressed in this newly published review regards the issue of non-treatment for patients exhibiting similar symptoms. The review puts forth that there are many risks to not treating ADHD, or not treating it fast enough.
Inattention a Sole Symptom
The review says that a lack of attention is not the only symptom for sufferers of ADHD. A display of symptoms characterizing ADHD must satisfy highly researched and stringent official psychiatric criteria. These very same criteria exclude all other coexisting, albeit important, causal determinants of inattention mentioned by Saul and others so as to avoid contaminating diagnostic errors, such as insufficient sleep, visual difficulties, mental retardation, autism, etc., states the review.
Symptoms vs. Disorder
The pinnacle of Dr. Levinsons review revolves around the claim of whether or not ADHD exists, meaning if it is just a bunch of symptoms, possibly masking something underneath as Dr. Sauls book states, or whether it is a diagnosable, and possibly curable disorder. The review dwells mostly on this debate because of the pharmaceutical industry surrounding the disorder.
On a rather emotional note, the review analyzes character statements made by Dr. Saul about the professionals in the industry who must be lazy or inept for treating a 'non-existent' disorder sponsored by pharmaceutical companies for profits. As noted by Levinson in Total Concentration, a significant percentage of patients with milder ADHD were previously excluded by error from proper diagnosis and treatment. By correcting this flaw, the recognized incidence has increased, no doubt facilitated by stimulant profit motives, albeit the prevalence is the same as before. Similarly, the recognized incidence of dyslexia has also dramatically increased over the past decades without any drug profit interference.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 11% of children age 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, these recent studies and manuscripts are of particular importance to the Levinson Medical Center, which aims to provide clarity and consistency in its communication about the disorder.
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.
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