We would be remiss for neglecting the elephant in the room related to ADD and ADHD, and that is the spike we’ve seen as it relates to the lockdowns precipitated by Covid-19. Preventive measures such as distancing can and does have profound consequences for those suffering from ADHD, particularly in children.
Now that there is such a focus on remote learning, there is a precipitous drop in face to face time with teachers and peers. This can lead to loneliness and isolation, plus the lack of structure can create challenges when it comes to accomplishing even simple tasks.
Recent studies in 2015 and 2017 have found that social isolation can lead to poor mental health and increased risks of extreme loneliness. Additionally, sufferers of ADHD typically have other symptoms and conditions including anxiety and depression which are also triggered by isolation.
Another characteristic of these diseases is found in the sufferers dependence on fixed daily routines. These routines help to control anxiety and keep the individual focused on more important things, but once the routines are disrupted, conditions tend to flare up, causing sleep issues which further exacerbate the problem.
The Covid lockdowns, distancing, and even mask wearing has created a huge spike in ADD and ADHD cases. These have largely gone unreported but must be taken into account along with all the other Covid fears in order to more effectively determine the implications of various policies that are being put forth.
Our centers have remained open during the pandemic. We are viewed similarly to hospitals and nursing homes. Patients must continue to receive care regardless of what is going on in the world. However we feel a tremendous obligation to providing the safest environment possible for our patients, so we researched UVC lighting as a way to kill the Covid virus and add a layer of protection for our staff and patients. We got some sound information from a UVC lighting company and wound up purchasing a couple hand-held lights to be used at night after everyone has gone to bed, a couple air purifiers, and even a HEPA filtration system for the HVAC system at one of our sites. We are trying to be as proactive and safe as possible.