Digital Media Could Be Worsening ADHD In Children

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is seemingly a common diagnosis among children. Criticism has come against the over-diagnosing of children with ADHD, but the symptoms in children prevail. ADHD can manifest from a variety of origin issues, including parental problems, divorce, abuse in the home, and other traumas. Some research has linked hyperactivity in children to the generational extension of trauma stemming from parents.

Children with ADHD are hyperactive in more ways than their energy. Hyperactivity in the mind can lead to difficulty processing information from the outside world. Organization, executing tasks, fulfilling responsibilities, comprehension skills, and other necessary functions for growing children are strained by the hyperactive brain. Children can struggle to fall or stay asleep, have difficulty regulating their emotions, and often experience impulsivity. ADHD can last into adulthood making every day activities of adult life a challenge.

The Center for Disease Control in the United States has reported that nearly one in every ten children receives a diagnosis of ADHD. Research from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine examined the relationship between ADHD and the prevalence of digital media in young adults’ lives. Ten high schools and about 3,000 students in the Los Angeles area participated in the study. Students were followed from their sophomore year to their senior year of American high school. Across the board, students who used digital media more frequently were more likely to have symptoms of ADHD. The study does not prove causation, however, it does provide concrete evidence that overuse of digital media can inspire or worsen ADHD symptoms.

Hyperactivity is excitement in the brain and the body. Trauma impacts the nervous system, altering the way the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system respond to outside stimuli. Many symptoms of trauma are excited symptoms, activating the sympathetic nervous system and the fight or flight response. Digital media is proven to cause stimulation in the brain similar to the same stimulation caused by hard drugs like cocaine. Exciting the system can trigger the trauma responses in the mind and body and vice versa, resulting in hyperactivity and difficulties with attention.

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