Internet Use and Abuse

From an ADHD Awareness Afternoon Talk given by Dr Caroline Stevenson on 20 June 2015

What is the connection between ADHD and technology?

People with ADHD have trouble with boredom, so the internet provides lots of easy options.

  • Technology has provided smart phones, IPads, laptops, games, desktop computers and IWatch.
  • This technology services web browsing and searching, email, chatrooms, forums, social networking (My Space, Facebook), Snapchat (photo exchange), messaging, and Games (World of Warcraft etc). When you combine the many services together, the brain gets lots of stimulation and instant hits of dopamine just by the click of a button.ie. Sending tweets, searching forums and buying on eBay. Thus everything else (school, chores, cleaning, work ) seems boring by contrast.

How do you know if someone has internet addiction?

Open our detailed article here.

The Original Presentation Slides

Here is the original presentation slides from Dr Caroline Stevenson on Internet Use and Abuse (xps format)

Organise Your Life

 

At our recent ‘Awareness Afternoon’, Angela Hunter from Organise for Life (www.organiseforlife.com.au) - an accredited expert in professional organizing - presented an informative talk where she outlined the work she performs in assisting a variety of people to manage their clutter, in order for them to have a more organized and less stressful life.

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Adult ADHD

ADHD is a common abbreviation for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder also abbreviated as AD/HD. The condition impacts adults as well as children. Most publicity about ADHD usually refers to children.

The 3 core symptoms of ADHD described in DSM-5, the standard used in Australia, are:

  • inattention
  • hyperactivity
  • impulsivity

To be diagnosed as an adult with ADHD the symptoms must be present from childhood.

As children mature into adulthood, some develop strategies to better cope with their symptoms. Many children however, will carry symptoms of ADHD through to adulthood and if untreated, these result in significant impairment in their ability to study, work and manage their lives.

 

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