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.