Fact: ADHD Medications are NOT Tested for Long-Term Safety

July 18, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

There is a large body of research that supports the use of stimulants to treat ADHD in children. But are you aware that most of these studies are not designed to test for the long-term safety and effectiveness of these medications, or to see if they have any rare adverse effects?

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New Study Confirms that ADHD Medications for Kids Increase Heart Problems

July 3, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Many parents of ADHD children seek my expertise in preparing natural ADHD treatments because they worry that medicating their child will do more harm than good. These fears are perfectly valid. The drugs that are used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity in children are known to increase the risk of heart disease, among other things. A new study from Denmark recently confirmed this, when it discovered that stimulants like Concerta and Ritalin increase the risk of rare cardiac problems in children.

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5 Ways to Take a Break from ADHD Medications this Summer

June 4, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

If you’re thinking about switching your child to ADHD natural treatments because of the side effects caused by stimulant medications, summer is the best time to begin the transition. With school no longer in the picture, kids don’t need to focus or concentrate as much. But if you’re used to the instant behavioral improvements that occur as soon as the drug is taken, taking a break from ADHD medications might pose a few challenges. Here are some ways to overcome them.

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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.

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Can Treating ADHD with Ritalin Alter Brain Chemistry?

December 27, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

There are many reasons why I don’t recommend using stimulant medications like Ritalin to treat ADHD in children. At the top of the list are their potentially devastating side effects and the drug’s inability to treat the root causes of ADHD. Then there’s also the fact that ADHD symptoms persist despite medication. With long-term use, the brain builds a tolerance for the drug, making it less effective and requiring higher doses for it to work.

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Study: Parents’ Goals Tied ADHD Treatment Choice

September 20, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Defining the goals of ADHD treatment is the most important first step to seeking help for your child. Before anyone can decide on a treatment for your child, you need to figure out which symptoms need to be addressed immediately and which ones can wait. Only then can a program be designed to address your child’s unique circumstances.

Just recently, I found a study that examined parents’ treatment goals – a topic that has rarely been published in academic journals before. While it doesn’t take a research team to determine that goals influence treatment, it was interesting to discover which goals lead to choosing ADHD medications over ADHD natural treatments.

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ADHD Drug Emergencies are at an All-Time High

August 16, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Ritalin and other ADHD medications are a popular drug among teens and young adults – not because they’re chasing an altered state of mind, but because they need the mental kick from the stimulants. Come exam time, these drugs are almost as ubiquitous as coffee and energy drinks on campus, but those who rely on these stimulants to perform well are at risk for serious health issues.

A study from the United States’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that ADHD drugs was responsible for sending nearly 23,000 young adults to the emergency room in 2011. This number is more than a quadruple increase from 2005, when only 5,600 similar emergency room visits took place. The study looked at a population of 18 – 34 year olds, but observed that the dramatic rise in ER visits was evident among 18 – 25 year olds.

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ADHD Medication Won’t Improve Kids’ Grades

July 12, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

It’s no longer surprising to hear of kids and teens who take ADHD medication before a big test – regardless of whether or not they are diagnosed with the disorder. Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin have a good reputation as “cognitive enhancers” because of the studies that show their ability to improve concentration, attention, and short-term memory. However, troubling new research point to a new problem: there is little evidence that these drugs actually improve academic performance.

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What Happens When Kids without ADHD Take Drugs to Study?

March 15, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

One of the most disturbing trends is how stimulant ADHD medications like Ritalin and Adderall are now used as “study drugs” by high school and college students who need a performance boost.  While it’s easy to get these drugs from a friend diagnosed with the disorder, it’s particularly worrisome to note that they are often prescribed to children who do not meed the diagnostic criteria for the disorder.  New findings in the journal Neurology states that kids without the ADHD should never take these drugs to get ahead in school. Although ADHD medications themselves are not addictive, they have the potential for abuse, especially if its use is not restricted.

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ADHD Symptoms Persist in Children despite Medication

February 15, 2013 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The debate over using medication to treat children with ADHD still rages on. Do their benefits – improved school performance, better concentration, and calmer behavior – outweigh the risks and the side effects on children? Complicating the issue is the fact that many students use these medications off-label for a quick academic boost, resulting in addiction and often leading to tragic ends.

New research from John Hopkins University weighs in on the debate with interesting findings against using ADHD medication. According to its conclusions, the benefits of using drugs like Ritalin and Adderall on children do not exist, or at the very least, do not have long-term effects.

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