5 Ways to Prepare Your ADHD Child for Adulthood

February 28, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When you come to think of it, parents of young children with ADHD are lucky. Helping them manage their ADHD symptoms demands hard work and patience, but at least there are books, support groups, play groups, and social services to make life easier for you.  But as a child grows into a young adult, all of these support systems start to go away one by one – but the ADHD symptoms don’t. A new study published in Pediatrics shows that ADHD symptoms can last until adulthood. Here’s what you can do to help your child cope and become a well-adjusted adult.


ADHD Symptoms Persist in Children despite Medication

February 15, 2013 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The debate over using medication to treat children with ADHD still rages on. Do their benefits – improved school performance, better concentration, and calmer behavior – outweigh the risks and the side effects on children? Complicating the issue is the fact that many students use these medications off-label for a quick academic boost, resulting in addiction and often leading to tragic ends.

New research from John Hopkins University weighs in on the debate with interesting findings against using ADHD medication. According to its conclusions, the benefits of using drugs like Ritalin and Adderall on children do not exist, or at the very least, do not have long-term effects.


The ADHD Patch: Side Effects and Precautions

February 8, 2013 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Many parents of children with ADHD were thankful when a more convenient ADHD medication was released into the market. Popularly known as the “ADHD patch”, this drug is delivered through the skin via an adhesive patch.  Not only is the ADHD patch easy for children to use, but its effects last longer than oral medication, reducing the need to remind your child to take a pill.  It can also be easily removed on days when children do not need to stay medicated 24 hours, such as the weekend or summer vacation.


ADHD In College? 5 Ways to Beat the Odds and Succeed

February 2, 2013 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

College-bound kids with ADHD face new and exciting opportunities, as well as unique challenges brought by their symptoms. Balancing classes with extracurricular activities and a social life in an unstructured environment can be overwhelming. But there are plenty of things you can do to succeed in spite of the odds. Start with these five tips: