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Frequent Digital media usage can cause ADHD in Teens

Frequent Digital media usage can cause ADHD in Teens

Lack of concentration, restlessness, getting bored too easily can be alarming signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in your child. According to the journal JAMA, ADHD symptoms have been rising amongst teenagers at an alarming rate.

Delhi-based consultant psychiatrist Dr. Sumant Khurana also noted that adult ADHD is also an instance but the symptoms should be visible from an early age.

A study was conducted with 2587 students in Los Angeles, California. They were between the ages 14 to 16 years. At early stages, they didn’t show any symptoms and they were monitored for two years. They were asked to fill forms that measured ADHD: ‘9 inattention symptoms and 9 hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms’.

The report suggested that whenever a student reported high usage of digital media, the risk of ADHD symptoms grew. The researchers have mentioned that more research is required in this field but it is evident that an increase in the frequency of digital media has adverse effects on the child’s mental health and psychology.

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