Miniature Gyroscopes are a New ADHD Diagnostic Tool

June 12, 2014 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

As you might have already learned from reading the UnRitalin blog, diagnosing ADHD is not as simple as it looks. ADHD shares a lot of symptoms with other related childhood conditions like autism and learning disorders, and it’s important to identify the correct problem from the very beginning. Until the roots of the symptoms are properly identified, all the treatment plans in the world won’t make a difference.

Much research goes into innovating ADHD tests and developing more accurate diagnostic tools. An exciting new development in wearable technology might be able to measure degrees of hyperactivity in children, thanks to tiny gyroscopes embedded in the device.


New Brain Wave Test Approved to Assess ADHD

July 19, 2013 by Dr. Yannick Pauli

A single test cannot definitively identify ADHD in a child, but new technologies make it easier to detect symptoms and accurately determine the problem. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a new ADHD test that examines brain wave patterns. For those who might have been misdiagnosed with the disorder, this brain wave test can create a better picture of what’s really going on.


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?


ADHD Diagnosis: What Does It Really Mean?

March 18, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Relief is one of the first emotions parents feel when their doctors give their “problem child” an ADHD diagnosis. Western medicine taught us to treat the diagnosis as a blueprint for your child’s treatment and future. Now that you know what’s wrong, your child can receive the prescribed treatment, and all will be well. After all, there are medications designed to treat ADHD, right?

In my experience, however, many children with ADHD go through one diagnosis after another because the medications prescribed to them don’t work. It’s actually quite common for my young patients to receive at least three different diagnoses!  Knowing the disorder doesn’t always mean knowing the right treatment. Unfortunately, stimulant medications are almost always immediately prescribed to new ADHD patients, without doing further testing to see if the child could fare better with different treatments. And when the prescribed medications fail, the relief parents feel at first end up giving way to confusion and worry, especially when subsequent diagnoses are made.

So what does the ADHD diagnosis really mean for your child?


Hand Movements: A Telltale ADHD Symptom?

February 21, 2011 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

With every published study that comes out, we develop a deeper understanding of ADHD and find new ways to treat or diagnose this mysterious disorder.  Two new studies on “mirror movements” reveals some interesting clues about childhood ADHD symptoms that may pave the way for a new way of testing for ADHD.


New ADHD Test: Quotient ADHD System

October 25, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

Just as there is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat, there are many ways to test for ADHD.  The UnRitalin Solution’s ADHD test protocol is designed to uncover the causes of the disorder, and the first step we take is to confirm that the child indeed has ADHD. ADHD cannot be diagnosed based on the symptoms alone because they resemble normal childhood behaviors or symptoms of other disorders.  In addition, doctors need input from parents, teachers, and relatives, who each have subjective interpretations on the severity of the child’s symptoms.

Recently, a company called BioBehavioral Diagnostics was able to design, test, and release an ADHD diagnostic system called the Quotient ADHD System.  This non-invasive device is the first FDA-approved diagnostic test for ADHD, and it claims to objectively measure the three symptoms of ADHD using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and motion sensors.


A Five-Minute ADHD Test?

September 20, 2010 by Dr.Yannick Pauli

It’s a little-known fact that the underlying cause of ADHD may be due to a functional disconnection syndrome, a condition where the two hemispheres of the brain experience a breakdown in communication. This breakdown is often due to a developmental delay or weakness in one of the hemispheres. A brain with an underdeveloped hemisphere cannot function properly, causing symptoms like poor impulse control, oppositional behavior, and lack of focus.

While there is no fast and easy way to determine if a child has ADHD, researchers just developed a brain scan that can detect a functional disconnection syndrome in just five minutes. This brain scan uses an imaging technology called functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI), which measures the number of connections between the two brain hemispheres.  As opposed to traditional MRI scans, which only show brain activity, an fcMRI scan shows how the two hemispheres communicate with each other. Will this become a standard practice for ADHD testing?