ADHD one of the many outcomes of cellphone addiction

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ADHD one of the many outcomes of cellphone addiction

Social media holidays and electronic curfew are key, and the change should start from adults

New Delhi, 03 August 2018: All that time teens spend glued to their phones may be affecting their brain and leading to symptoms of what is called the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As per recent research published in JAMA, frequent digital media use appeared to increase the risk of having symptoms of ADHD by about 10%. The risk was higher for boys than girls, and for teens who had depression or a previous history of getting into trouble.

ADHD can have many negative effects on teenagers including poor school performance. It can also increase their likelihood of undertaking risky activities as also substance abuse and legal problems.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “With the growing popularity of smartphones, one is addicted to Facebook, internet, Twitter and other such applications. These can cause insomnia, fragmented sleep, etc. Smartphone is a cause for parent-child conflict in 30% of the cases. Often children get up late and end up going to school unprepared. On an average, people spend 30 to 60 minutes in the bed playing with the smart phone before sleep. A new spectrum of diseases related to use of mobile phones has also come to the notice of medical profession and it is anticipated that 10 years from now they will take an epidemic shape. Some of these are Blackberry Thumb, cellphone elbow, Nomophobia, and Ringxiety.”

Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness (being easily distracted, having difficulty getting organized or remembering to do things), hyperactivity (having difficulty sitting still), and impulsivity (making decisions without thinking through the possible consequences).

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Group Editor-in-Chief of IJCP, said, “Having access to so many different streams of information through gadgets has been found to decrease the brain’s grey matter density, which is responsible for cognition and emotional control. In this digital era, the key to good health should be moderation i.e. moderate use of technology. Most of us have become slaves to devices that were really meant to free us and give us more time to experience life and be with people. And we are leading our children in the same path as well.”

Some tips from HCFI

  • Electronic curfew means not using any electronic gadgets 30 minutes before sleep.
  • Facebook holiday: Take a Facebook holiday for 7 days every three months.
  • Social media fast: Avoid use of social media once in a week for the entire day.
  • Use your mobile phone only when mobile.
  • Do not use computer for more than three hours in a day.
  • Limit your mobile talk time to more than two hours in a day.
  • Do not recharge your mobile battery more than once in a day.
  • Mobile can also be a source of infection in the hospital setup; therefore, it is disinfected everyday

What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

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Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR had always been voluntary, till it was mandated by the Government under the Companies (Corporate Social Responsibility) Rules, 2014. It is now mandatory for all companies above a given defined size to give away 2% of their net profits of the last three years to charity.

According to the Vedas, we are living in Kalyuga. There is therefore a general perception that this being the age of Kalyug, it’s not possible to bring about any change for betterment of the society. But it is not so.

Just as Satya yuga had both Gods (suras) and demons (asuras), Treta yuga had both Ram and Ravana and Dwapar Yuga had Krishna and also Kansa, similarly, there are bound to be Satya yugis amongst the Kalyugis, though in minor numbers.

Who is a Satya yugi?

Srimad Bhagwad Gita describes four pillars of Dharma: Truthfulness (satya), hard work (Tapa), purity of mind (pavitrata) and compassion (Daya) and charity (daan).

When all these four characteristics are present in a person, with satya at the forefront, he is a Satyugi.

If truthfulness is absent, but the other three characteristics are present, the person is a Tretayugi and when truthfulness and purity of mind are absent, he is a Dwaparyugi and when only Daya and Daan are present, he is a Kalyugi.

Doctors are true to their chosen vocation. They treat their patients with honesty (satya), selfless hard work (tapa), purity of mind (pavitrata),

compassion (daya) and charity (daan), all the characteristics that make a person satya yugi. Doctors, and not hospitals, charge no fee during emergency and also subsidize their fee. This makes them Satyugis.

All of us can become satya yugis.

CSR is one way of becoming a Satya Yugi. But, it should not be just limited to corporates. Each one of us too, as individuals, can carry out some acts of CSR or charity.

The principles of charity remain the same: Truthfulness, detachment, Positive. This is the meaning of satya, tap and pavitrata.

Everybody who is involved in charity or CSR should follow these principles of charity.

A simple mantra to do this is, ask somebody “May I help you?”

This is also the gist of my speech yesterday at the CSR Times Awards 2018, where I was the Guest of Honor.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

Vice President CMAAO

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA