ADHD Sleep Problems: Five Simple Solutions

January 31, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Many parents I’ve spoken to make the same observation about their ADHD children’s sleep habits: they have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up in the morning.  When they don’t get enough sleep the previous night, they spend the rest of the day in an ADHD funk with their symptoms in overdrive. These observations are hardly surprising – sleep problems and ADHD are closely related because the regions of the brain responsible for attention also regulate sleep. While there’s not much you can do to change your child’s biology, there are a few things that can be done to help your child get enough sleep.

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Effective Discipline for ADHD Kids

January 24, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

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Next to questions about ADHD treatment, many parents turn to me for advice on how to discipline ADHD children effectively.  Although natural treatments will help reduce behavioral problems in the long run, parents have to contend with their children’s stubbornness, hyperactive tendencies, and other misbehaviors today.  Parenting an ADHD child is no easy task. Even the most patient parents end up dropping their compassionate approach for a cycle of nagging, yelling, and punishing, which only seems to make their children misbehave even more.

So how do you get an ADHD child to behave?  As with ADHD treatments, there is no magic bullet or formula to better discipline; each child responds to different techniques. There are a few general guidelines you can follow to keep your child’s misdeeds in check.

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A Guide to Buying Supplements for ADHD

January 17, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Dealing with ADHD symptoms can be frustrating, especially on days when your child seems to be out of control.  In the UnRitalin Solution’s Resource page, we’ve shown you how various nutritional supplements and diets deal with the causes of ADHD and reduce the intensity of symptoms.  However, figuring out what supplements to give to your child and which brands bring the results you desire can be difficult to determine.  In this blog post, I’ll be explaining concepts you can use to decide what vitamins, herbs, and other supplements your child needs to recover from ADHD naturally.

Before anything else: know what you need to treat

The right supplements depend on the possible causes of your child’s ADHD symptoms. For instance, if your child has the classic biological cause of ADHD, products like omega-3 fish oil and pycnogenol will boost neurological function and minimize inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. On the other hand, if your child has a specific nutritional deficiency, you’ll want to replenish these missing nutrients with vitamins and minerals. In other words, consult your child’s doctor and find out the causes of your child’s symptoms before buying supplements. Otherwise, the products you end up getting may not bring the help your child needs.

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ADHD Weight Loss Tips: Lose Those Holiday Pounds

January 10, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Over the holiday season, I received a few questions from my adult clients about how to keep themselves from overeating because of their ADHD. Weight loss, dieting, and self control are things that adults with ADHD constantly struggle with; after all, those who live impulsively eat compulsively.  Why? Aside from the inability to self-regulate their behavior, those with ADHD also have a hard time interpreting signs – social cues from others, and signals from their body. In relation to overeating, those with ADHD might mistake feelings of boredom or anger for hunger. Alternately, they may also use food to cope with holiday stress or any family drama that may have occurred during the season.

Here is the advice I gave to those who asked about weight loss for adults with ADHD. I did not tell them to enroll in a gym or do a fad diet – instead, I suggested that they change the way they think, feel, or react to food.

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Adderall Only Makes You Think You’re Smarter

January 4, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

As students struggled to study for their final exams before the holidays, I noticed that news reports about Adderall use in campus began to appear more frequently. Adderall is a long-acting amphetamine used to treat ADHD, with effects that last up to 10 hours.  It’s ability to boost focus, concentration, memory, and energy levels make it a popular drug among young professionals and college students, who need them to enhance performance. But does Adderall really work for this purpose?

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