Brain Scans Reveal Why ADHD Kids Can’t Focus

September 25, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

There are many reasons that explain why some ADHD kids have a hard time focusing while others don’t. Ongoing research continues to give us better insights as to why some symptoms are more dominant than others, and how best to treat these. New findings from a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry reveals that there are key brain differences behind the inability to focus and pay attention.


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.


5 Ways to an Effective ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

April 9, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Someone has suggested your child could have ADHD, or you wonder about it yourself. What do you do next? Here are some tips that can help you determine whether or not your child should get a diagnosis, and how to find the right person for it.


4 Ways an ADHD Diagnosis Can Benefit Your Child

January 23, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When trying to figure out if your child has ADHD, it’s important to go through a multi-step evaluation process and get a sense of how he or she is functioning in different domains. This is important because making the ADHD diagnosis is not as simple as it might seem.

The symptoms of ADHD are actually shared by a number of similar conditions like autism, sensory processing disorders, and learning disorders. Assuming that inattention and impulsive behavior is caused by ADHD means that your child will miss out on the appropriate interventions. A thorough evaluation will look at your child from several perspectives and assess where your child is struggling, which will help a physician recommend the best treatments for him or her.

Besides pinpointing the correct disorder, an ADHD diagnosis can help in the following ways:


Why ADHD Does Not Need a Broader Definition

November 14, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Have you ever noticed how the number of ADHD diagnoses increases among children with each new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)?

Some experts from Bond University in Robina, Australia are raising concerns that ADHD is being overdiagnosed because each edition of the DSM creates a broader definition for who has ADHD. This means that kids who only have mild symptoms of ADHD tend to get treated with medication with potentially harmful side effects. At the same time, this devalues the diagnosis of those who actually suffer from more severe symptoms.


New Study Shows Prevalence of ADHD Among the Elderly

August 11, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

ADHD is a condition typically associated with children and teens, with a few scattered adults suffering from the disorder. However, new research reveals that attention deficit disorder is just as common among the elderly as children. These fascinating discoveries by a group of Dutch researchers go against the popular belief that children can outgrow the symptoms.


ADHD Diagnosis: Five Common Mistakes

May 11, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The ADHD diagnosis is an important first step to helping children recover from severe inattention or hyperactivity.  Unfortunately, the world of medicine is very rushed, and it’s easy for doctors to make the ADHD diagnosis without proper evaluation.  Here are five common mistakes by doctors that often lead to an ADHD misdiagnosis.


Can the ADHD Diagnosis be Caused by Family Stress?

November 17, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Using ADHD medications has become the modern solution for a child’s behavioral and academic problems. Medicating troubled children has become even easier with the American Academy of Pediatrics’s new ruling last month. They declared that children as young as 4 years old can receive the ADHD diagnosis and get treated with dangerous amphetamines like Ritalin. It just goes to show how drug companies have successfully marketed their “chemical imbalance” theory as the root of childhood behavioral disorders.

However, alternative theories to the causes of ADHD are also becoming widely accepted. One of these is the idea that family stress can be as toxic to children as it is to the parent, triggering troubled behavior and other symptoms that resemble ADHD.


ADHD Symptoms: Can You Only Have a Few?

October 7, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Is it possible to be diagnosed with ADHD even if your child only has a few of the symptoms?

This is a question that many worried parents ask about their hyperactive or inattentive children.  The first thing you need to know about ADHD is that it is a very individual experience; some kids may have a lot of symptoms while some will only have a few.  No two children will have the exact same symptoms or problems.  The diagnosis, however, should depend on much more than just the quantity of the symptoms.


Why 4-Year Olds Don’t Need the ADHD Diagnosis

July 6, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Once again, ADHD is a hot topic in the news.  Last October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference took place in Boston, and unveiled a surprising new set of guidelines for diagnosing and treating ADHD.  There were a number of changes, but the one that sparked a bit of controversy is that the AAP now permits the ADHD diagnosis among children as young as 4 and as old as 18. While there is nothing wrong with extending the age limit upward, the new recommendation to diagnose down to age 4 is very disturbing, especially with news reports saying that more children 6 years old or younger are now being prescribed strong stimulants to manage their behavior.