Gadgets taking toll on children, cases of ADHD on rise

Ludhiana: Excessive use of gadgets is taking a toll on the health of children. If claims of city-based doctors are to be believed, a considerable number of children who are showing signs of restlessness have started coming to the fore.
Rajdeep Garcha, a resident of Model Town, has been finding it difficult to deal with his eight-year-old son who often squirms and bounces when sitting. He has trouble playing quietly, talks excessively, and is always restless and on the go position like same in the condition of driven by the motor also always moving, such as running or climbing on things.

When he took him to a local doctor, he was told that the child showed signs of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). A section of city doctors TOI spoke with mentioned that several children who are spending most of their day time using electronic gadgets or tablets have been suffering from this disorder. Hyperactivity is a disorder in which children show awkward behaviour, and are not able to sit still and keep quiet for long. Children with this disorder have higher energy than normal. They are too active, get excited easily, and cannot sit or think about work.
Harpreet Kaur, whose nine-year-old daughter too showed these signs first, was not able to figure out what was happening to her. It was only when they consulted a psychiatrist that he told the family that the child was suffering from ADHD.
Rakhi Sharma, mother of another 10 year old from BRS Nagar, said after consulting psychologists and doctors, she has started giving more time to her child now. Doctors maintained that schools and the company of children too played a key role in such cases.
The more frequent increasing disease among children is ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). It is the disease which affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. It is the disease which is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children, said MBBS, MD Dr Puneet Kathuria who is chairperson child and adolescent psychiatry, K K Hospital. He also added that this disease cannot be prevented, and can only be handled. It is also observed that this disease is more frequent among boys than in girls, falling in the age group of 5 to 12 years.
Talking to psychiatrist, MBBS, MD Dr Jyoti Wadhera said, “Adult with ADHD may have trouble in their daily in issues like managing time, being organized, setting goals and holding down their responsibilities. They also face problems with relationships, addiction and self-esteem.”
Divulging more information on this, city-based psychologist Kanika Sharma said, “In the world of mobile and modern electronic gadgets, the cases related to hyperactivity have come up in large numbers for the counselling.”