The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has created a seismic shift in the way children are learning. Experts say that the remote learning environment has had an impact on children who deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
More parents are seeking help for their children, including ADHD diagnosis and treatment with medication. “COVID-19 has been a tipping point that has pushed some families to get help,” says Richard Gallagher, PhD, child and adolescent psychologist at the Child Study Center within Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. “The stress of the pandemic, the shift to remote learning, and social isolation have created ‘anxiety-provoking’ conditions that affect students’ attention.”
Dr. Gallagher tells Fox 5 New York that children who appear to have symptoms of ADHD should have thorough evaluations to rule out other conditions or stressors related to the pandemic before they seek medication.
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