Summer with ADHD Kids: A Survival Guide

May 29, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Summer is almost here, and students and teachers alike are counting the days until school goes out. It feels great to spend more time with your kids for a week or two, but when one of your little ones have ADHD, boredom and frustration quickly rear their ugly heads. Over the years I spent working with families, I’ve learned several things about helping ADHD kids make the most out of summer. Here are some things to keep boredom at bay and make the next three months enjoyable to all:

[More...]





5 Genes that Contribute to the ADHD Chemical Cocktail

May 22, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

At the UnRitalin Solution, we teach that ADHD is caused by the complex interaction between a genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Although our destinies are not determined by our genetic limitations, it helps to take a look at the genes that lead to ADHD symptoms. The presence of some of these genes can explain why a child might be well-behaved and inattentive, while another child can’t seem to sit still and has difficulty making friends. Knowing these genes can also help you understand how these influence treatment options.

[More...]





Bad News, Students: ADHD Drugs Hurt Your Brain

May 15, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

In countries where ADHD is over-medicated, it’s easy for young people to fall into the trap of prescription drug abuse. For one third of Americans, the first drug they take is usually medication that was not prescribed for them. This isn’t surprising when you consider that perfectly healthy students in high school and college use ADHD medications as academic performance enhancers. But new studies show that the use of these drugs come with serious consequences.

[More...]





Are We Mistaking Childhood Trauma for ADHD?

May 8, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Kids usually get diagnosed with ADHD based on behaviors like hyperactivity, inattentiveness, age-inappropriate fidgeting, and aggression. However, these symptoms are not unique to ADHD. New research presented at this year’s Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Canada revealed that childhood trauma could be a potential cause for these behaviors.

[More...]





5 Reasons Vitamin C is Critical to ADHD Diets

May 1, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

An ADHD diet is often done for one of two reasons: to avoid allergens that might trigger ADHD symptoms, or to restore balance in case of mineral and vitamin deficiencies. While supplements are often recommended in case of the latter, it’s always a good idea to obtain these nutrients through fresh foods.

If your child is on an ADHD diet, make sure there are vitamin C-rich foods in the meal plan. ALthough vitamin C is known more for its immune-boosting and antioxidant properties, some studies suggest that it may play an important role in managing hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Here are compelling reasons to make vitamin C a part of any ADHD diet:

[More...]