What’s Causing the Global Rise of ADHD?

December 3, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

ADHD is by no means a contagious disorder, but its diagnosis and treatment has increased as much as tenfold in North America, South America, and Europe. According to the research of Peter Conrad, a social sciences professor at Brandeis University, ADHD is not so much a medical plague as an economic and cultural one. His paper, which was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, examines the exorbitant rise of ADHD in Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, and provides fascinating insights on trends that are causing it.


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.


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.


5 Tips to Improve Your ADHD Child’s Memory

April 6, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

One of the most fascinating developments in brain-based memory research is the availability of brain-mapping and neuroimaging technology to view the brain as it thinks, and learns. It’s quite interesting to see how nueroimaging research can yield strategies to help improve memory among children with ADHD. Compared to those without the disorder, children with ADHD inattentive type tend to have difficulties with tasks that rely heavily on working memory. Be your child’s own memory coach and try out these tips that improve memory, based on the latest research.


What Lies Underneath the ADHD Iceberg?

January 11, 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.  What lies underneath its surface?


MRI Scans Reveal that ADHD is Linked to Low Iron

December 2, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Most people aren’t aware that in a lot of cases, ADHD is triggered by a deficiency in vitamins and minerals needed by the brain. Iron, for instance, is a mineral needed to produce neurotransmitters and regulate¬†dopamine, the brain chemical that controls movement and attention. It makes sense that a deficiency iron might contribute to the onset of ADHD symptoms.

New research shows that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans can be used to measure iron levels in the brains of children with ADHD. This is excellent news, because findings can help doctors and physicians make better decisions about the right treatment.



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.


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?


Why Contact Sports Can Be Bad for ADHD Kids

July 5, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Sports are a great way for hyperactive kids to overcome their ADHD symptoms, but not all of them are beneficial. New research recommends that kids with ADHD away from contact sports like football or soccer. The disorder gives them a higher risk of being moderately disabled after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, which could have negative long-term effects.


Is ADHD a Sleep Disorder in Disguise?

May 2, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep, or it’s detrimental effects to your child’s mood and attention span. This is my main takeaway from an illuminating article written by Dr. Vatsal Thakkar in the New York Times. He examines childhood ADHD and poses an interesting question: what if cases of attention deficit disorder are really just undiagnosed sleep disorders?