Can ADHD Be Caused by This Common Pesticide?

February 4, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When it comes to what causes complex neurological conditions like ADHD and autism, scientists have no conclusive answer. We do know that they are caused in part by genetics, and in other parts, the environment. It’s the latter that I examine extensively ever time I see a new child for ADHD. More often than not, modifiable factors in a child’s lifestyle or environment are the trigger behind their symptoms.

A new study by researchers at Rutgers University discovered that exposure to common household pesticide called pyrethroids may be the culprit behind many cases of ADHD. Pyrethroids are used in a variety of places, from country farms to suburban lawns. They’re also used to control bed bugs. But whether you’re in a big city or small town, there’s a good chance your child has been exposed to this pesticide through contaminated produce.

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4 ADHD Behavioral Treatments Worth Trying

January 21, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Children with ADHD are plagued by problems that go beyond hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Inability to make friends, poor academic performance, and defiance of authority are just some of the difficulties they have to deal with everyday. As such, treating kids with ADHD will involve more than just the quick fix provided by medication; they need help on the educational, behavioral, and social level too.

Behavioral treatments are among the more well-studied non-medical treatments for ADHD. Also known as psychosocial treatments, these behaviorally-oriented approaches are designed to correct the problems posed by ADHD symptoms in daily life. It’s important that they overcome these problems because their presence will make a long-term impact on a child’s relationships and academic success. Below are some of the therapies that can help your child:

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4 Myths Everyone Still Believes About ADHD

January 13, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Despite increased awareness about ADHD, there’s still a lot of misinformation about what causes the condition and who’s at risk. Afflicted children are often blamed for their inability to sit still or pay attention, as though they behave this way on purpose. Here are some things that we should all know about ADHD so we can have a better understanding of why our children act the way they do.

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2015: Try Setting Goals Instead of Making Resolutions

January 6, 2015 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

The dawn of another year is the perfect time for kids with learning and developmental disorders like ADHD have a fresh start. While kids with ADHD may want to do better in school or other areas of their lives, they often have trouble sticking to a plan and completing tasks. This is because of the slow development of their brain’s executive function. However, setting goals and working towards them is a critical skill that every child – ADHD or no – needs to develop at an early age.

In 2015, teach your child to set goals instead of making resolutions. Here are some research-backed tips on how:

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3 Indoor Exercises Your ADHD Child Should Try this Winter

December 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

All your ADHD child needs is 30 minutes of exercise each day to significantly reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Getting any movement done during winter can be challenging – especially when tablets and other screens provide a tempting distraction. But there are ways to make indoor movement fun for your kids. Here are some ideas.

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How to Maintain an ADHD Diet During the Holidays

December 18, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Getting your child to give up favorite foods for an ADHD diet is tricky, and the holiday season might make it more difficult. The last few weeks of the year will be filled with dinner parties, family reunions, and other types of gatherings centered on food. Your child might feel left out when cousins enjoy forbidden holiday treats, and relatives won’t understand why he or she can’t have just one tiny cookie. It may not be a good idea to take a break from your child’s diet and start from scratch after a few weeks, but here are some tips that will make eating a fun occasion for your child during the holidays.

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4 Ways to Keep ADHD Kids Calm in Winter

December 10, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

ADHD parenting can be extra challenging when the weather turns cold and snow starts to fall. Kids have to stay indoors, and the four walls of the house might not be enough to contain their excess energy. Here are four tips that will make your hyperactive child more manageable until spring arrives.

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What’s Causing the Global Rise of ADHD?

December 3, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

ADHD is by no means a contagious disorder, but its diagnosis and treatment has increased as much as tenfold in North America, South America, and Europe. According to the research of Peter Conrad, a social sciences professor at Brandeis University, ADHD is not so much a medical plague as an economic and cultural one. His paper, which was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, examines the exorbitant rise of ADHD in Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, and provides fascinating insights on trends that are causing it.

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4 Secrets to Maintaining an ADHD Diet During the Holidays

November 20, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Getting your child to give up favorite foods for an ADHD diet is tricky, and the holiday season might make it more difficult. The last few weeks of the year will be filled with dinner parties, family reunions, and other types of gatherings centered on food. Your child might feel left out when cousins enjoy forbidden holiday treats, and relatives won’t understand why he or she can’t have just one tiny cookie. It may not be a good idea to take a break from your child’s diet and start from scratch after a few weeks, but here are some tips that will make eating a fun occasion for your child during the holidays.

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Why ADHD Can Be a Creative Gift

November 10, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Once, a parent confessed that it was almost impossible to mention her son’s ADHD to friends, family, or teachers without invoking negative stereotypes of a defiant child who cannot sit still. It’s hard to break away from these connotations when the American Psychiatrist Association labels it a “mental disorder”. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not doctors are too quick to medicate children diagnosed with ADHD, or if ADHD should even be considered a “real” disorder. At the end of the day, most people think an ADHD diagnosis is a bad thing.

As someone who has helped different kids overcome the limitations of their symptoms, I can say with confidence that having ADHD is not a bad thing. In fact, I believe it can be a gift – particularly a creative gift.

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