ADHD Misdiagnosis Likely Among the Youngest in Class

September 27, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

If your child’s kindergarten teacher brings up the possibility that your child might have ADHD, don’t panic just yet.  A new study suggests that one in five kids may be misdiagnosed with ADHD simply because they are the youngest in their class.

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A Five-Minute ADHD Test?

September 20, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s a little-known fact that the underlying cause of ADHD may be due to a functional disconnection syndrome, a condition where the two hemispheres of the brain experience a breakdown in communication. This breakdown is often due to a developmental delay or weakness in one of the hemispheres. A brain with an underdeveloped hemisphere cannot function properly, causing symptoms like poor impulse control, oppositional behavior, and lack of focus.

While there is no fast and easy way to determine if a child has ADHD, researchers just developed a brain scan that can detect a functional disconnection syndrome in just five minutes. This brain scan uses an imaging technology called functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI), which measures the number of connections between the two brain hemispheres.  As opposed to traditional MRI scans, which only show brain activity, an fcMRI scan shows how the two hemispheres communicate with each other. Will this become a standard practice for ADHD testing?

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Teen ADHD Drivers: Establishing Safe Driving Habits

September 13, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

If children with ADHD are more likely to get injured in the playground, are ADHD teens of driving age at higher risk for motor vehicle accidents as well?  It seems that the answer is yes.  Teenage bravado coupled with distractibility, impulsivity, and difficulty with self-regulation can make the ADHD driver a force to reckon with on the road.  Even though a teenager with ADHD may have good knowledge of driving rules, applying these rules may be challenging, especially if he or she gets easily overwhelmed by new stimuli, increased responsibility, and distractions from gadgets.

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Four Everyday Chemicals that Cause ADHD

September 6, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

For some time now, we’ve been aware that environmental chemicals are one of the silent causes of ADHD. Many of these chemicals are neurotoxins – substances which act directly upon neurons and interfere with their functions – that linger in the environment for years. Symptoms of neurotoxin exposure include lack of concentration, personality changes, depression, and hyperactive behavior. In adults, exposure to these poisons can cause a range of health problems, from infertility to cancer. Children and babies, however, are uniquely affected by these chemicals due to their developing nervous systems and biological immaturity; they are unable to detoxify as efficiently as adults, and the rapid development of their brain processes makes the neurons more vulnerable to the effects of chemicals.  In other words, children are helpless against these toxins and are more likely to suffer from ADHD, autism, and other psychological disorders with prolonged exposure.

What most people don’t realize is that you don’t have to live near a polluted area to be exposed to these chemicals; neurotoxins lurk in the products you use daily and the food you eat.  Current research reveals four everyday chemicals linked to childhood ADHD. Find out what they are and what you can do to avoid them.

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