ADHD Parenting: Disciplining Kids at Family Gatherings

November 24, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The holidays are a great time to catch up with family members you haven’t seen, enjoy good food, and simply relax for a couple of hours. That is, assuming that your ADHD child will behave. In the typical family gathering, adults usually gather together in one room while the kids play in another. Although you try your best to pay attention to the relatives you’re talking to, you’re also alert for any signs of trouble. After all, you don’t want family members to judge your ADHD parenting skills or assume that your child is in the middle of any trouble that might happen. Here are some tips you can use to help manage your child’s ADHD symptoms and make your holiday family gatherings fun and tantrum-free.

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Can the ADHD Diagnosis be Caused by Family Stress?

November 17, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Using ADHD medications has become the modern solution for a child’s behavioral and academic problems. Medicating troubled children has become even easier with the American Academy of Pediatrics’s new ruling last month. They declared that children as young as 4 years old can receive the ADHD diagnosis and get treated with dangerous amphetamines like Ritalin. It just goes to show how drug companies have successfully marketed their “chemical imbalance” theory as the root of childhood behavioral disorders.

However, alternative theories to the causes of ADHD are also becoming widely accepted. One of these is the idea that family stress can be as toxic to children as it is to the parent, triggering troubled behavior and other symptoms that resemble ADHD.

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ADHD Natural Treatment: Dialectical Behavior Therapy

November 11, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Even with proper management, many ADHD symptoms continue to persist into adolescence and adulthood.  Hyperactive behavior tends to decrease with age, but disorganized behavior, poor impulse control, and disorganized behavior are common among teens and adults with ADHD.  Many have difficulty filtering out irrelevant stimuli and focusing on the task at hand, particularly when they are in monotonous situations or are unmotivated.

These ADHD symptoms can also make an impact on one’s personal life, causing conflict, low self-esteem, and emotional instability.  The good news is that these problems can be treated naturally through a form of cognitive behavioral therapy called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).

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Do ADHD Medications Guarantee Better Behavior?

November 3, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

News of children dying due to an overdose of ADHD medications and antipsychotics have made more parents aware about the issue of using such drugs to “cure” behavioral problems in children.  While these tragic occurrences show the most extreme outcome of the issue, they serve as a good reminder of the decisions parents must face, especially when their children receives the ADHD diagnosis.  Should you medicate your child in the hopes of getting good behavior? Here is a straightforward look at what these stimulants can do to your child.

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