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ADHD Natural Treatment: Cerebellar Therapies

Most conventional doctors believe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a problem involving impairment in attention and uncontrollable behavior.  Any valid and reliable evaluation of ADHD cases must deal with all its symptoms – the 18 symptoms from the DSMV-IV as well as the constellation of other issues such as anxiety, dyslexia, and motor coordination difficulties. Unfortunately, most traditional experts define ADHD in a very simplistic manner using a narrow perspective; they only see what they were looking for (the diagnostic criteria from the DSMV-IV) instead of looking at the whole picture.  As a result, the medical approach creates more riddles and puzzling questions than answers.

In the last decades, numerous scientific studies have shown that children with ADHD and other learning disorders have problems with their cerebellum, the small structure at the back of the brain that coordinates motor, emotional, and cognitive functions.

A unique approach to treating ADHD and other learning difficulties has been developed by Harold Levinson MD, a psychiatrist who has worked with over 35,000 patients on the inner-ear/cerebellar-vestibular (CV) origins of ADHD.  Throughout the course of his practice, he discovered that over 95% of children and adults with ADHD had the same symptoms of inner-ear/CV dysfunctions, including dyslexia, coordination problems, and psychosomatic symptoms.  Since the CV system functions as the filter or fine-tuner of the brain, any problems in the CV can explain the primary symptoms that characterize ADHD as well as the associated learning problems, mood problems, and coordination issues that occur with the disorder. In fact, according to Dr. Levinson, the CV theory is the only one that can account for all the symptoms of ADHD and their co-morbid disorders.

In order to shed light on the diagnostic criteria and other unrecognized symptoms of ADHD, Dr. Levinson condensed the many mechanisms of the inner-ear/CV to illustrate how this system is connected to mental and physical well-being.

  • The inner ear functions much like a computer system with a three-dimensional compass. It guides our hands, feet, eyes, and other physical and mental functions as we move in space and time. At the same time, the inner ear tells us about spatial relationships like left and right, up and down, so we can navigate the physical world with ease.  Poor coordination and balance from an inner-ear dysfunction can explain height phobias, fears of falling, or fears of moving down escalators and elevators.
  • The inner ear system also fine-tunes our motor responses and acts like a filter that blocks out unnecessary stimuli and sensory-motor backgrounds.   
  • The inner ear is connected to automatic nervous system centers, which allows it to modulate mood, motor energy, and various other functions of the central nervous system.  

By understanding and treating the specific CV-related components triggering the many symptoms of ADHD, it is possible to achieve a 75-80% success rate in overcoming the disorder.  Treating cerebellar and inner-ear dysfunctions begins with a thorough medical exam to identify any problems in the inner-ear/CV.  After checking the test findings with the patient’s symptoms and problems, a treatment plan is designed using medical and non-medical procedures like neurofeedback.   Although the primary cause and effect of these major disorders persist, as with most chronic mental conditions, addressing the inner-ear/CV-related problems of ADHD made a big difference to the individuals suffering from these conditions.  

As a medical doctor, Dr. Levinson used medications to treat the underlying dysfunctions. Today, those dysfunctions can be treated naturally. The best practitioner to consider is a chiropractor trained in functional neurology. Visit www.acnb.org for a list of chiropractors with this specialty