The increase of up to 80% in time spent in front of screens since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a spike in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. – TimesLive (15 September 2021)

Psychiatrist professor Renata Schoeman, convener of the ADHD special interest group of the SA Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP), said studies in China, India, Australia, Canada, the US and UK pointed to excessive screen time during the pandemic associated with worsening of ADHD symptoms. There has also been a rise in the number of adults experiencing ADHD-type.

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.

ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder in children, affecting 1 in 20 youngsters, and follows about 65 percent of them into adulthood, affecting about 1-million adults in SA.

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