Don’t Blame Dopamine Deficiencies for ADHD, New Study Says

October 31, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It is long believed that ADHD is caused by the brain’s inability to produce or transmit dopamine, a neurotransmitter that regulates movement, emotional response, pleasure, and rewards. This is why stimulant medications like Ritalin are a popular treatment for the disorder. By significantly increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain, stimulants allow kids to focus on schoolwork and control their behavior – at least, until the effects of the drug wear out.

However, a landmark study published in the journal Brain questions the way dopamine (or the lack thereof) is said to cause ADHD. Instead of a neurotransmitter deficiency, the researchers suggest that the root of the disorder might lie in structural differences of the brain itself.

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Why Do Some Children Outgrow ADHD?

October 24, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

“Will my child ever outgrow ADHD?” is a common question I receive from parents. The truth is that there is no way for me to tell definitively; some children do recover from the disorder, and some don’t. Current research shows that approximately 50% of those diagnosed with ADHD as children continue to suffer from its symptoms during adulthood.

Researchers are struggling to understand why this happens, and if there are any differences between those who overcome childhood ADHD and those who do not. So far, previous studies have ruled out gender, race, socioeconomic class and severity of symptoms. Could there be a variable in the brain’s structure that differentiates the two groups?

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5 Simple Ways to Help Your ADHD Child with Homework

October 17, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

As academic demands become increasingly demanding, getting homework done becomes a special challenge for kids with ADHD. It’s easy to get frustrated when your child just can’t seem to focus on his or her schoolwork, making homework hour drag well into the night while accomplishing very little. But if you can establish a routine and encourage your child to stick to it, he or she will eventually see that learning new things is not always difficult and can be exciting.

Here are some ways you can help your child get organized and focused when doing homework.

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6 Questions to Ask When Evaluating ADHD Treatment Options

October 10, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

As I’ve said time and again, there is no one size fits all treatment for ADHD. Each child has a different set of issues that require different approaches to overcome them. Your healthcare practitioner should ideally recommend a treatment plan composed of various options designed to address certain treatment goals. Before you say yes to anything, be sure to ask the following questions:

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4 Things to Do During ADHD Awareness Month

October 4, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

2013 marks the fourth year of ADHD Awareness Month, an event that gives people the opportunity to get educated about ADHD, increase awareness, and take the stigma off this disorder. Seeing hundreds of young people and their families over the years has given me the chance to see the diverse effects of this condition. ADHD is real and it affectsou anyone regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, or intelligence levels. A lot of parents want to be proactive about helping their child manage the disorder, and there has never been a better time to start than now.

Here are some things you can do during ADHD Awareness Month.

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