Defining the Goals of ADHD Treatment

June 29, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Knowing that your child’s behavioral problems or poor schoolwork is due to ADHD does not necessarily make the next step any more obvious for you and your family.  While it might seem as though medications are the answer to your problems, it cannot address the possible causes of ADHD nor will it necessarily bring about the changes your child needs.  Before you, your child, and your health care provider decides on the right treatment plan, you need to think about which symptoms are most troubling for your child and which ones can take a backseat. Only when you’ve defined the goals of ADHD treatment can your doctor come up with a program that will work for your child’s unique circumstances.

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How to Recharge Your Fatigued ADHD Brain

June 22, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The hyperactivity component in childhood ADHD has fewer physical manifestations when the child reaches adulthood. Instead of running around like they’re driven by a motor, adults with ADHD are mentally hyperactive. They’re easily distractible, they need extra motivation, and they struggle to stay organized.  Their ability to multitask is compromised because of their faulty short-term memory, and they feel easily overwhelmed by the tasks they have to accomplish at work and at home. As a result, adults with ADHD are easily exhausted or at greater risk for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a modern-day condition where debilitating exhaustion is not relieved by sleep or rest.

Here are some tips that can help you recharge your tired ADHD brain.

 

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ADHD Parenting: Understanding Your Child’s Language

June 15, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

When your ADHD child has to face consequences, he or she probably uses a whole battery of comments to try to get away from their responsibilities. ADHD parenting is no easy task, especially during these moments. If you take these remarks to heart, you’ll find that you’re always on the defensive, walking on eggshells around a child whose behavior is out of control. Here are the most common phrases kids use on their parents, what they really mean, and the most effective way to respond to them.

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ADHD Treatment: Using White Noise For Inattention

June 8, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s not uncommon for doctors to prescribe powerful stimulants to children who cannot focus at school. In fact, many teachers suggest using Ritalin to control ADHD symptoms in the classroom, even before a child is properly diagnosed.  While it’s hard to blame overworked teachers who have to deal with noisy, hyperactive children every day, a Scandinavian study shows that adding white noise to a classroom is just as effective at helping kids focus than drugs.

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ADHD Medications & Their Placebo Effect on Parents and Teachers

June 1, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Stimulants like Adderral and Ritalin are among the most widely-used drugs designed to suppress hyperactivity and inattention among children diagnosed with ADHD.  After several days of taking their ADHD medications, parents and teachers observe improved behavior and fewer symptoms.  However, a new study by psychologists from the University at Buffalo suggests that using medication actually provide a placebo effect on the parents, teachers, and adults who evaluate the children.

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