Do You Have ADHD?
Beware of False Diagnoses on Social Networks
Do you have ADHD? Several videos on social media, such as Instagram and TikTok, disclose information about what the symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) look like. However, this is inaccurate data; unfortunately, it influences thousands of people.
Anyone can easily believe that they have a disorder if they only rely on the information they find on social media. That can result in anxiety and the danger of self-medicating or seeking ineffective treatments.
What is ADHD?:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has a genetic basis and can reach 5.3% of children and adolescents and 2.5% of adults.
- Having inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can be symptoms of ADHD. However, displaying these signs does not necessarily mean you have ADHD.
- “A clinical analysis makes up the diagnosis of mental disorders. Yet, some believe it’s enough to see the symptoms written in Google,” said the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (SP) psychiatrist, Elton Kanomata.
- Therefore, it’s necessary to see a doctor to diagnose the problem. “The doctor has a better understanding of psychic and behavioral functions. They can analyze both what the patient verbalizes and what is between the lines. On social media, people with ADHD can be portrayed broadly and differently from reality,” said Kanomata.
- Not every patient with this disorder will be the same, and not every child who “does not stop quietly” has ADHD.
- “There is a great variety. Some are more inattentive, with learning difficulties, and those who are more impulsive and intensely seek the sensations of pleasure,” explains the psychiatrist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo (USP), Guilherme Polanczyk.
What To Do:
Prioritizing the content you watch on social media is essential. We often spend so much time looking at a screen. We don’t even realize it’s affecting our relationships and, even worse, our relationship with God.
At The Universal Church, we are doing the Fast of Daniel. It’s time to get closer to the presence of God. We’ll move away from secular information and entertainment and dedicate ourselves to receiving the Holy Spirit.
“If you want to have the presence of God in your life. It’s for you who want to seek and receive the Holy Spirit and for you who already have it but want fullness. Let’s disconnect ourselves from the world, from the useless information that distracts us. Let us focus on what God wants to tell us. Let’s close our ears to the world and open our ears to God,” explained Bishop Renato Cardoso.
Participate in this purpose. For more information on the Fast of Daniel, come to the nearest Universal Church or call 1-888-332-4141.