What does ADHD mean?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a medical condition that affects a person’s behavior leading to the following symptoms:
- Lack of attention (inability to keep focus)
- Hyperactivity (excessive movement that is not fitting to the setting)
- Impulsiveness (acting hastily in the moment without thinking)
It is one of the commonest neurodevelopmental (related to the growth and development of the brain) disorders seen in children. Although ADHD is first seen and diagnosed in children, it may continue into adulthood. The symptoms become more obvious when the child’s surroundings or routine changes, for instance when they start going to school or when they change their city or school.
Parents of children with ADHD commonly report their child being inattentive, acting without thinking (impulsiveness) or being very active or restless. The symptoms may get better with age although many patients report experiencing the symptoms of ADHD such as anxiety, inability to concentrate, and problems in sleeping into adulthood as well.
Does watching too much TV cause ADHD?
According to research studies, ADHD is not caused by watching too much television. Factors like eating excess sugar, certain kinds of parenting techniques, or social factors like poverty, family disputes, and chaos are not implicated in causing ADHD. These factors may worsen ADHD symptoms in certain people. But there is no evidence strong enough to conclude that they are the main causes of ADHD.