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Our Protagonist

Sophie Williams, a high school student, is navigating the trials of being a teenager. Her life undergoes significant changes throughout the story. Initially, she spends a considerable amount of time on social media platforms like TikTok, using them as an escape from her family’s money issues and arguments at home. However, deep down, Sophie possesses a thoughtful nature and the ability to adapt to new situations.

As Sophie joins the track and field team, she begins her journey of self-discovery. This new activity not only strengthens her physically but also mentally. Moreover, she forms a significant friendship with Megan, who shares her passion for sports. Through Megan’s companionship and the challenges at home, Sophie realizes the value of genuine connections and engaging in real-world activities, surpassing the superficial pursuit of social media likes.

Sophie’s story mirrors the experiences of many teenagers today. Initially, she becomes easily distracted by her phone, but gradually learns to be more present in her surroundings. This transformation in Sophie’s behavior sheds light on the difficulties faced by individuals with undiagnosed ADHD. People with ADHD often struggle with maintaining focus, easily succumb to distractions such as TikTok, and face challenges in completing tasks.

Inspiration

Nowadays, social media is a big part of life, especially for teenagers. Apps like TikTok are great at grabbing your attention and keeping you scrolling through videos for a long time. This can be a problem for students because they might spend too much time on these apps instead of doing homework or hanging out with people for real. And it’s not just watching videos; lots of teens also want to make their own videos to become famous on TikTok.

I’ve felt the pull of social media too. Sometimes I just kept scrolling through Instagram without even realizing how much time I was wasting. This is a common problem, and it’s because these apps play on algorithms to show you stuff you like trapping you in an endless cycle of swiping.

Thinking back to when I was in high school, I’m glad we didn’t have apps like TikTok. Without them, I could pay more attention to school and actually spend time with friends face-to-face. But students today have a tough time because they can get to these apps on their phones. It’s especially hard for kids who might have ADHD but don’t know it. They get distracted by social media more easily, making it tough for them to focus on important things.

Understanding ADHD

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by a pattern of behavior that includes difficulty maintaining attention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity.

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), here are the key aspects of ADHD:

1. Core Symptoms:

ADHD manifests through two main types of symptoms:

Inattention: This includes difficulty sustaining attention, problems with organization, tendency to be easily distracted, forgetfulness in daily activities, and failure to complete tasks.

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity: Symptoms include fidgeting, difficulty remaining seated, excessive running or climbing, difficulty engaging in activities quietly, “on the go” behavior, excessive talking, blurting out answers, difficulty waiting turns, and interrupting others.

2. Diagnostic Criteria:

Age of Onset: Several symptoms must be present before age 12.

Settings: Symptoms are present in two or more settings (e.g., at home, school, work, with friends).

Impairment: There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with social, academic, or occupational functioning.

Exclusion of Other Disorders: The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder.

3. Types of ADHD:

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Characterized mainly by inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: Main symptoms are hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Combined Presentation: Symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity are equally present.

4. Development and Course:

ADHD symptoms usually appear early in life, often between the ages of 3 and 6. ADHD can continue through adolescence and adulthood.

Symptoms might change over time, with hyperactivity and impulsiveness tending to decrease with age, but challenges with inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control often continue.

5. Treatment and Management:

Treatment often involves a combination of medication, psychotherapy, education or training, or a combination of treatments.

For more information about ADHD, check out the links below.

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder‐Symptoms, Social Media Use Intensity, and Social Media Use Problems in Adolescents: Investigating Directionality

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