Too much at once: pandemic sends ADHD symptoms into overdrive

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Too much at once: pandemic sends ADHD symptoms into overdrive

Adolescents and caregivers report more problems during this period of online learning and remote working

Senior reporter

Constant screen time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.

On National Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Day on Tuesday, SA experts said the increases of up to 80% in time spent in front of screens worsened symptoms such as lack of focus, poor concentration and restlessness among adults and children.

They explained that excessive screen time, either watching TV or using devices including laptops, mobile phones and tablets, negatively affected concentration, memory and learning, and contributed to problems with sleep, obesity, depression and anxiety — and aggravated symptoms of ADHD...

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