If Your Child Has ADHD, You Must See This Video

If you’re at your wit’s end with a young child who has major behavioral problems, you’re not alone. Before you consider placing him on medications, here’s something that you should know: Your child’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may actually be a problem breathing while sleeping.  Here’s a powerful video of a young boy whose parents struggled for years before finding the right team of doctors to help their son.

 

Connor’s mom is organizing a cycling fundraiser to help donate $10,000 to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Sleep Medicine Department. 

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8 thoughts on “If Your Child Has ADHD, You Must See This Video

  1. What an absolutely strong message. I have struggled getting others on board this airway journey and I am sending this link to all my study club buds, all my sleep docs, ENT contacts, all my pediatric docs, pediatric dentists, etc….. Maybe Connor is the catalyst that we need to get this thing booming.

  2. Very happy for this young lad and for his family-

    Our son was finally diagnosed with severe Sleep apnea at the age of 42.
    . He had been diagnosed and labelled ADHD in Grade 1 .
    He suffered terrible life experiences his entire life, due to lack of self esteem.

    Had he been diagnosed and treated for Sleep apnea, his life would have turned out quite differently. Being on the CPAP machine for a couple of years has helped him clear up the fog he had been living in for all those years.

    If anyone mentions to me that their child has or could possibly have ADHD, I immediately tell them to insist on a sleep test before they accept a diagnosis of ADHD It will save their child and them a life of discouragement.

  3. Verna,

    Thanks for sharing. You’re right on the mark! The problem with the ADHD diagnosis is that you get labeled, you stop looking for other explanations. There are a number of other common conditions that may be related to breathing problems during sleep, such as hypothyroidism, anxiety disorder, fibroids, anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, mild cognitive impairment, and others. Clearly, not everyone with these conditions have OSA, but even if 25% have it, isn’t it worth looking?

  4. Dr. Marquez,

    Hopefully, there will be many more parents that speak out about these issues. Having a celebrity join the cause should help even more.

  5. I was an average student my whole life. I was bored, a bit of a class clown, disorganized and had no real interest in school. I was always told that I wasn’t working up to my potential. I lacked the drive and ability to focus. I just wanted to play baseball or football.
    After being diagnosed and treated for Sleep Apnea, my life changed. I was able to focus . I actually felt smarter and my grad school graded showed it. I went from a C student in High School to a straight A student in Grad school.
    Also, my anxiety about school and life were practically gone, minus of course life’s stressors like work and fatherhood.
    My daughter was recently exhibiting similar school behaviors as me. I saw me in her. She recently had her tonsils out and she is visiting an orthodontist for palate expansion. Happy to report her focus, thought process and memory have seemed to improve. She does her homework willingly and says she likes school again. She is getting better sleep.

    Thanks again Dr. Park. :)

    PS I have forwarded this video to parents of children I work with.

  6. It is minimally about sleeping. It is behavior while awake associated with the same anatomical conditions that show up as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The anatomy of the Jaw-tongue-throat in these people is more conducive to blockage of the airway to varying degrees by the tongue (a dynamic anatomical component) and possibly large tonsils and other “static” anatomical structures. They are unstable and from sudden and /or deep relaxation anatomical control of this unstable anatomy in these people muscle tone required to hold the structures in a position that supports ease of breathing is lost and partial or full blockage occurs that signals the body that we are choking and in threat of death which triggers the fight or flight response or stress response with release of the stress hormones into the bloodstream increasing muscle tone everywhere including in the blood vessels and heart thus increased blood pressure and rapid heart beat to more efficiently deliver oxygen to and carbon dioxide from cells including those of the brain and also the diaphragm and ribcage facilitate rapid breathing, another compensation to move are more efficiently through the narrowed throat. It also not only brings a sleeping person to a more awake sleep stage, but it also facilitates the limp muscles to reorganize to a user friendly airflow and thus breathing position.
    Until the excess stress hormone is used up and no longer circulating throughout the blood stream the rapid heart rate persists so we are partially aware of the sensation of our heart pounding with different rhythms and tempos that is likely associated with the stress hormone release. And it feels different as the words we use to describe the sensation we equate with stress as fear, anger, boredom. Even depressed and manic. They are all rhythm and tempos. It is easy to feel this when abruptly stopping vigorous exercise or after an intense argument or whenever we are surprised or there is sudden, especially stimulus to our senses or even by qualitative aspects of various thoughts, because these disrupt this balance while we are awake just as with the child diagnosed with ADHD for childhood sleep apnea.
    Common sense dictates that the same anatomical issues persist while we are awake and real scientists are expected to study this. Medicine is not a servant of science and therefore this is ignored in the face of our knowing that deep or intent focusing and meditation decrease the number of potentially disruptive thoughts to destabilize the Jaw-tongue-throat relationship leading to suffocation and choking. That is why showing a adrenalized disruptively behaving child a movie the like or even love will grab their attention (focus) and calm them down immediately. while awake in real time.
    And having them slowly and fully exhale and then inhale (passively is best) three or 4 times in a row will calm them for awhile because it increases their air reserves making decrease in throat space and airflow less apt to instigate the stress response the mechanism is less of a “hair trigger” to instigate this. Again this is in real time and not because they got a better nights sleep.
    A child’s hyperactive behavior helps burn up excess stress hormone and the unpleasant sensations of them circulation in our bloodstream even impacting rate and intensity of our heart beat. Their behavior may be more efficient and less inhibited than that of us adults. As we are more socialized, so we compensate for this in more socially acceptable ways, including, usually subconsciously, stuffing our feelings. Primal scream, likely burns up the excess stress hormone more efficiently and effectively
    And that brilliant student diagnoses with ADHD, usually later in life, just mastered focusing really well at a young age. Their body may also compensate more effectively through forward head posture, even scoliosis that balances out their Jaw-tong-throat relationship at the effect of the rest of their body (but they can now breathe) or the may clench their teeth tightening muscles that better stabilize their airway at the time at the later potential impact of headaches, even migraine type symptoms, or they may grind their teeth to get their jaw and therefore their tongue more forward and out of their throat and the expense of wearing their teeth flat.
    This is an anatomical problem that has different impacts upon us while awake than asleep. Falling asleep during class or while watching TV is likely from sleep deprivation, not hyperactive behavior or type A personality or OCD.
    It is time for to take the lead in observing the world around us and what we all know use our common sense and take control of our health.
    Reality appears outside the box that confines and controls the practice of medicine, only you can influence the politics that leads to conclusions the video, above promotes. Even though they clearly demonstrate that it is an anatomical problem they “ignorantly” confine it to “sleep deprivation” and of course the psychologist must find a word to label the poor child who is just reacting to the uncomfortable, sensations stress hormone impacts, including compensation impacts he is experiencing and managing and surviving through!

  7. One of my biggest thrills as a dentist was when I helped transform a “dumb” ADHD kid into a bright normal kid and his Special ED teacher said ” Andrew” is not ADHD.

    Thank you Dr. Hales for the arch expander, DNA, and its wonderful outcome. Sep. 2014

  8. This is quite amazing and shocking to say the least!
    Dr Park, how do I find a quallified dentist in my area, Omaha Nebraska, to help and treat some of these issues?