What’s Under the ADHD Iceberg?

March 24, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Anyone who has ever taught, lived with, or spent time with an ADHD child has noticed that the disorder is more than just the three core symptoms. They are correct in this observation; inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are just the tip of a large iceberg.  What lies underneath its surface?


ADHD Diagnosis: What Does It Really Mean?

March 18, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Relief is one of the first emotions parents feel when their doctors give their “problem child” an ADHD diagnosis. Western medicine taught us to treat the diagnosis as a blueprint for your child’s treatment and future. Now that you know what’s wrong, your child can receive the prescribed treatment, and all will be well. After all, there are medications designed to treat ADHD, right?

In my experience, however, many children with ADHD go through one diagnosis after another because the medications prescribed to them don’t work. It’s actually quite common for my young patients to receive at least three different diagnoses!  Knowing the disorder doesn’t always mean knowing the right treatment. Unfortunately, stimulant medications are almost always immediately prescribed to new ADHD patients, without doing further testing to see if the child could fare better with different treatments. And when the prescribed medications fail, the relief parents feel at first end up giving way to confusion and worry, especially when subsequent diagnoses are made.

So what does the ADHD diagnosis really mean for your child?


ADHD Symptoms Get Worse with Inadequate Sleep

March 11, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Children age 12 and below need at least 10 hours of sleep each night, especially if they have ADHD.  Studies have shown that when ADHD children don’t get enough sleep, they become more hyperactive, inattentive, and irritable the following day. But what qualifies as “not enough sleep” and how bad do ADHD symptoms get? A new study in the scientific journal Sleep reveals that as little as one less hour of sleep is enough to make the academic performance of ADHD students deteriorate.