Psychosocial Treatments for ADHD

January 26, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

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.  As such, the best way to treat ADHD is through a comprehensive, multi-modal approach – a treatment that involves various techniques like diet, detoxification, and psychosocial treatments.

Psychosocial treatments are among the more well-studied non-medical treatments for ADHD. Also known as behavior modification or behavior therapy, psychosocial treatments are a series of behaviorally-oriented treatments designed to correct the problems posed by ADHD symptoms in daily life.  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. 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 psychosocial techniques that can help your child:


Back to School Tips for ADHD Students

January 19, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The last few weeks of winter break are wonderful – lazy evenings by the fireplace, a delightful holiday vacation, and delicious meals with your family.  With all these exciting activities, the last thing on any child’s mind is going back to school once winter break is over.  Don’t end the winter with panicky feelings as you and your ADHD child rushes to get organized.  Set aside some time to prepare during the last few days of the break so your child can slowly ease into the school year.


ADHD Diet: Mood Foods

January 17, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Research and experience shows that there is a relationship between the food ADHD children eat and how they act, think, and feel.  Neurotransmitters, the chemical messages that transmit actions and thoughts along the brain’s neural pathways, are affected by nutrients and minerals. Since food has this direct effect on neurotransmitter action and neurotransmitters are responsible for mood and behavior, it makes sense to conclude that food does affect mood.  This can also explain why ADHD diets are a popular natural treatment for the disorder. Some children are more sensitive to certain foods like bread or milk, while others can eat a sandwich without any changes in mood. While it’s easy to identify these kids, it makes you wonder how much of the ADHD behaviors we encounter are actually the effect of nutrition.

While the food-mood relationship tends to vary from child to child, here are the most common effects of different food groups.