Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioural disorder of childhood and affects 3% to 5% of school aged population. Recently published study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found; Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is two times more common in teens who are heavy users of digital devices compared to infrequent users.
Study was conducted over two years and monitored 2,600 teenagers at six months interval. It included high school students from Los Angeles County, California between 15 and 16 years and who were not having symptoms of ADHD. Effect of social media, streaming video, text messaging, music downloads and online chat rooms etc on mental health was studied in the study. Social media engagement was the most common activity (54% students) noticed in the study.
Common symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are:
• Decrease in attention and frequent distraction
• Not able to do schoolwork properly
• Difficulty in remembering , frequent loss of items in school e.g. books
• Not able to complete task & requiring excessive time
b) Hyperactivity and impulsiveness-
• Not able to concentrate on work
• Too much talking
• Interrupting in others activity
• Not able to sit silent
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