18.07.18 Adhd Study

July 18, 2018
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Does constant use of technology put our kids at risk of ADHD?

New study tackles this topic and raises some fascinating questions along the way.

Headline vs Reality

Why It Matters:

  • American Medical Association: teens watching videos, texting, posting, etc. more than 14x a day, showed higher rates of ADHD symptoms over two-year period.
  • However, researchers fell short of PROVING cause and effect.
  • Lingering Question: Can tech use cause ADHD, or do ADHD sufferers enjoy the stimulation of tech more than others?

ADHD: Defined

“Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).”

American Psychiatric Association

Bigger Picture

  • No one knows the cause of ADHD.
  • Diagnosis rates have gone up (more than 40% between 2003 – 2011) though there’s some disagreement on total numbers.
  • Most diagnoses occur at a young age – around 6.
  • 1 out of 3 children with ADHD will retain diagnosis as adults.
  • Treatment = therapy & medication.

We put children into the Wild West, and I think that’s where the problems start, Dimitri A. Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute to 'Mashable.' Read Full Article:

  • Association of Digital Media Use With Subsequent Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Adolescents:
  • Teens who spend tons of time on the internet may develop ADHD symptoms:
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children:
  • Disagreement over ADHD numbers as mapped out by CDC:

by Jenna Lee,