Caffeinated Drinks for ADHD: Do They Really Work?

August 13, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Some parents on the lookout for an alternative to Ritalin have resorted to trying caffeine on their child, usually in the form of soda or high-powered energy drinks often marketed to young consumers. While children with ADHD need a little help channeling their pent-up energy into productive energy, caffeinated drinks may not be the best way to go about it.

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Why Outdoor Play Reduces ADHD Symptoms

March 13, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Spring makes the mind and body feel better. The warm rays of sunlight, the budding flowers, and the greening grass can put a smile to the gloomiest of kids. And if your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder, now is a great time to help him or her overcome ADHD symptoms naturally.

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4 Springtime Outdoor Activities ADHD Kids Will Love

April 12, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Now that the sun is out and the weather is warmer, helping your child manage his or her ADHD symptoms can be as simple as going outside. We’ve talked about the benefits of exercise and outdoor activities for children with attention deficiencies or hyperactivity before. These benefits are backed up by research; a study published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing discovered that even the briefest exposure to green outdoor settings resulted in milder symptoms among kids with ADHD.

Here are four great outdoor activities for your child to try this spring.

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Sunlight Exposure Reduces the Risk of ADHD

April 5, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Ever wonder why ADHD is more prevalent in North America and Europe, and not quite so in more sunny locations? According to a pioneering study in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the ADHD diagnosis occurs less in places with intense sunshine.

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How to Recharge Your Fatigued ADHD Brain

June 22, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

The hyperactivity component in childhood ADHD has fewer physical manifestations when the child reaches adulthood. Instead of running around like they’re driven by a motor, adults with ADHD are mentally hyperactive. They’re easily distractible, they need extra motivation, and they struggle to stay organized.  Their ability to multitask is compromised because of their faulty short-term memory, and they feel easily overwhelmed by the tasks they have to accomplish at work and at home. As a result, adults with ADHD are easily exhausted or at greater risk for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a modern-day condition where debilitating exhaustion is not relieved by sleep or rest.

Here are some tips that can help you recharge your tired ADHD brain.

 

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Making it without ADHD Medication

September 16, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Stimulant medication may be the most widely-used treatment for ADHD, but more and more parents are looking into natural ADHD treatments after learning about the debilitating side effects of these drugs.  Still, the transition from ADHD medications to natural treatments isn’t always easy. A lot of lifestyle adjustments have to be made, and it takes weeks for any positive changes to appear.   For this reason, parents prefer the quick fix of medication over drug-free treatments, especially if the symptoms are severe. But if there was a way to beat your child’s symptoms without medication and its side effects, wouldn’t you take it?  Here are the most popular ways to beat ADHD without medication.

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A Guide to Buying Supplements for ADHD

January 17, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Dealing with ADHD symptoms can be frustrating, especially on days when your child seems to be out of control.  In the UnRitalin Solution’s Resource page, we’ve shown you how various nutritional supplements and diets deal with the causes of ADHD and reduce the intensity of symptoms.  However, figuring out what supplements to give to your child and which brands bring the results you desire can be difficult to determine.  In this blog post, I’ll be explaining concepts you can use to decide what vitamins, herbs, and other supplements your child needs to recover from ADHD naturally.

Before anything else: know what you need to treat

The right supplements depend on the possible causes of your child’s ADHD symptoms. For instance, if your child has the classic biological cause of ADHD, products like omega-3 fish oil and pycnogenol will boost neurological function and minimize inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. On the other hand, if your child has a specific nutritional deficiency, you’ll want to replenish these missing nutrients with vitamins and minerals. In other words, consult your child’s doctor and find out the causes of your child’s symptoms before buying supplements. Otherwise, the products you end up getting may not bring the help your child needs.

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Managing ADHD Symptoms in Winter

December 6, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

As a parent of a child with ADHD, you’ve probably noticed something I observe among my patients: kids with ADHD don’t do well in the winter.  As fall turns to winter and a blanket of snow covers the streets, kids with ADHD tend to:

  • Become more hyperactive or impulsive as they grow increasingly restless. In the winter, they have fewer opportunities to burn excess energy or do activities they enjoy outside of school or at home.
  • Become more argumentative and oppositional due to the inability to use their regular coping skills, such as outdoor activities or sports, to help them vent their feelings and burn off excess energy.
  • Become more distracted and inattentive, resulting in difficulties doing homework or completing errands and chores.
  • Experience more disciplinary or legal trouble as their frustration, restlessness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity increases.

Does this sound like your child?

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What are the Most Effective ADHD Treatments?

August 16, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s difficult to quantify what the most effective ADHD treatment is. Because a child experiences more problems than hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention, it’s not uncommon for parents to use more than one method to treat ADHD.   But which of these treatments have the most impact?  According to a new survey from Consumer Reports, stimulants are the most effective ADHD treatment for kids, but parents still think it’s not enough.  In fact, the survey notes that kids who tried alternative treatments besides medication did better than kids who were on medication only. As for the most effective non-medical treatment for ADHD, it turns out that sending children to a school better equipped to deal with ADHD made all the difference.

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Could Vitamin D be the Missing Link?

March 22, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

We have a lot of articles that explore the relationship between nutrient deficiencies and ADHD.  Often, these nutrient deficiencies and the ADHD symptoms they cause are the secondary effects of a larger underlying problem like leaky gut syndrome.   One of the hottest vitamin supplements at the moment is vitamin D, and many say that it can bring benefits to those with ADHD. Although it’s not as widely studied as zinc or magnesium supplementation, the speculative discussion on this nutrient suggest ways where vitamin D can help someone with ADHD.

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