Why ADHD Can Be a Creative Gift

November 10, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Once, a parent confessed that it was almost impossible to mention her son’s ADHD to friends, family, or teachers without invoking negative stereotypes of a defiant child who cannot sit still. It’s hard to break away from these connotations when the American Psychiatrist Association labels it a “mental disorder”. There is a lot of debate as to whether or not doctors are too quick to medicate children diagnosed with ADHD, or if ADHD should even be considered a “real” disorder. At the end of the day, most people think an ADHD diagnosis is a bad thing.

As someone who has helped different kids overcome the limitations of their symptoms, I can say with confidence that having ADHD is not a bad thing. In fact, I believe it can be a gift – particularly a creative gift.

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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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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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3 Ways ADHD Symptoms are Different in Girls

August 28, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When you imagine a child who has ADHD, most people will picture a hyperactive child who can’t sit still and has a short attention span. However, this description of an ADHD child is only valid for a small portion of children diagnosed with the disorder, and doesn’t often describe girls who have the condition.

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10 Signs Your Young Child Might Have ADHD

July 24, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

Toddlers and young children have problems sitting still or paying attention, but when do these behaviors become serious enough for a parent to be concerned?

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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?

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5 Ways to Prepare Your ADHD Child for Adulthood

February 28, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

When you come to think of it, parents of young children with ADHD are lucky. Helping them manage their ADHD symptoms demands hard work and patience, but at least there are books, support groups, play groups, and social services to make life easier for you.  But as a child grows into a young adult, all of these support systems start to go away one by one – but the ADHD symptoms don’t. A new study published in Pediatrics shows that ADHD symptoms can last until adulthood. Here’s what you can do to help your child cope and become a well-adjusted adult.

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Why Do People with ADHD Constantly Underachieve?

January 23, 2013 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Kids and adults with ADHD have busy minds and are constantly moving, but they seem to get so little done. In any given day, they can give a list of dozens of tasks they haven’t accomplished, and have a hard time name the things they did get done. It’s a constant source of anxiety for them. Many who have ADHD frequently face the judgments and criticisms of teachers, bosses, and family members for seeming irresponsible and lazy. So how can they overcome this?

Seeking a holistic treatment for ADHD is a great first step, but it would also be helpful to understand what causes this under-performance. This can all go down to the effects caused by ADHD symptoms, and how they impact day-to-day functioning:

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Could ADHD Behavior Be Linked to An Inability to Multitask?

November 30, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Kids with ADHD often display behavioral patterns that differ from peers without the disorder. You might have already noticed this in your child – compared to other children, he or she tends to be more impulsive, accident-prone, or takes more risks. It’s commonly believed that ADHD symptoms and their impact on behavior are the result of a cognitive disability. But a recent study done by Walter Roberts from the University of Kentucky tries to answer a different question. What if ADHD behavior is actually the result of an inability to multitask?

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ADHD Behavior Problems Beyond Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity

September 28, 2012 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Most people are not aware that children with ADHD experience behavioral problems beyond inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.  This happens because the underlying functional disconnect behind ADHD alters the way the brain functions, which makes it difficult for the child to control certain behaviors or understand certain stimuli. If your child has ADHD, expect him or her to encounter the following difficulties over a period of time. The good news is that these behavioral problems can be overcome if you and your child’s health care provider work together to teach him or her a few basic skills.

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