Dr Allen Menkin – ADHD in Children and Adults

During his work with children with learning disabilities Dr Allen Menkin observed how attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has been mostly considered a childhood condition, yet many adults carry the symptoms of ADHD with them through their entire lives. Significant impairments that children with ADHD experience on a daily basis stay with them when they grow up. While the responsibilities of adults are different from the demands placed on children, the difficulties that people with ADHD have to deal with don’t change much during their lives. Oftentimes, years of dealing with ADHD makes such people develop a habit of suffering in silence and invent less than optimal coping strategies.

Many people and a significant percentage of medical professionals believe that ADHD is a result of children adapting poorly to the environments in which they grow up. Many parents find comfort in the beliefs that this problem can be outgrown and that different parenting methods can change the condition. Such beliefs are very powerful because there is not enough scientific evidence to prove otherwise. However, over the past several decades researchers have been increasing the number of studies about how ADHD works in adults.

Another issue with ADHD is that for a long time the symptoms of the condition have only been associated and noticed in children. This is not to suggest that adults don’t have problems maintaining attention or don’t act impulsively, but for many years, these symptoms were either considered to be a part of the personality or were explained by other domains, such as Impulsive Personality Disorder, which is something Dr Allen Menkin wouldn’t always agree with.

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Dr. Allen Menkin – ADHD

As an assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Allen Menkin loved to teach students how to cope with neurological and mental health disorders. Among the first behavioral pediatriciann the state, he led the way and developed the St. Clare’s Mental Health Center in Denville. Not to mention his own practice, Plaza Family Care Inc., where he used to work with a team of professionals with his pediatric and adult medical care program.

Menkin frequently worked  with children that have a  common condition – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. This condition causes hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention or a combination of symptoms. The condition requires medical attention when it interferes with a child’s ability to regulate their activity level, attend to a certain task or inhibit behavior. It can also impact other areas of a child’s life, from their school achievement to their development of social skills.  Medical treatment for ADHD that we now take for granted was both controversial and ground-breaking when he began is practicea situation not dissimilar to our current understanding and treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

In fact, if children with ADHD are not properly treated, according to Dr. Menkin it can lead to all sorts of problems, including failed relationships, school failure, depression and anxiety, as well as, job failure, substance abuse and accidental injuries in the future.

Dr. Allen Menkin states that while we still don’t know everything about ADHD, like what causes it, there are many factors that seem to contribute to the condition. He believes that there are many environmental factors, and genes play a role, in causing alterations to the brain, which in turn causes problems with learning and behavior.