Going Under the ADHD Iceberg

October 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Anyone who has ever taught, lived with, or spent time with an ADHD child has noticed that the disorder is more than just the three core symptoms. They are correct in this observation; inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are just the tip of a large iceberg hiding a host of other problems under the surface. Let’s dive deep and see what’s underneath.

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Driving with ADHD: Road Safety Rules

October 23, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Just as kids with ADHD are more likely to get injured in the playground, so are teens with ADHD at higher risk of getting into a road accident while driving. Teenage bravado coupled with distractability, impulsivity, and difficulty with self-regulation is a cause for concern. Even though a teenager with ADHD may have good knowledge of driving rules, applying these rules may be challenging, especially if he or she gets easily overwhelmed by new stimuli, increased responsibility, and distractions from gadgets.

But just because your teenager has ADHD, doesn’t mean he or she has to stay away from the driver’s seat forever. Here are some ways you can help your child stay safe on the road.

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Like Autism, ADHD is a Spectrum Disorder

October 16, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Although millions of inattentive, hyperactive children receive an ADHD diagnosis, each child has a unique constellation of difficulties. The UnRitalin Solution acknowledges that genetics do help make certain children pre-disposed to having ADHD. However, ADHD is not simply about a chemical imbalance – it is a disorder ultimately caused by a complex set of environmental factors interacting with a specific genetic profile that leads to imbalances in the body and the brain.

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6 Delicious Food Sources of Vitamin D

October 8, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

For many kids, ADHD is often a result of a nutritional imbalance in the body. The food you eat affects how the brain functions, because certain vitamins and minerals are critical to the production and reception of neurotransmitters – brain chemicals that regulate mood and behavior.

A new study shows that a lack of vitamin D is more common among kids with ADHD and behavioral problems. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are needed in the hippocampus and cerebellum, the regions of the brain involved in information processing, planning, and creation of memories. While exposing the skin to sunshine is the best way to get vitamin D, supplementing with vitamins and food is a good alternative when this isn’t a feasible option. Here are some delicious foods to add to your child’s diet.

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