When it comes to ADD and ADHD, these are learning disabilities that, like most of psychology, is either misunderstood or ignored by the public at large. Therefore, it can be hard to treat these disabilities. And, when they are treated, it can come with some unintended and somewhat nasty side effects. Therefore, the purported benefits of the latest fad, the fidgets spinners and fidget cubes, are a godsend. They allegedly help those with ADD, ADHD, and anxiety disorders, focus, or in the case of the latter, calm down. However, this is kind of like slapping a bandage on a gaping wound. Sorry for the graphic language, but it’s dismaying to me that one simple aspect of this dilemma is overlooked, and that’s modern society’s shift away from proper exercise.
You see, ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and we often overlook the “Hyperactivity” in the name. This is the crux of the issue as I see it. Kids have far more energy than adults, and we spend less time exercising now than ever before, so we get a bunch of kids who have too much pent up energy and no outlet. Therefore, we should consider getting our kids more exercise in order to burn off all that excess energy, so they don’t carry it into a classroom where they become restless and can’t focus. Therefore, it’s time to get these kids into some Foot Locker shoes and out and about to blow off some steam, as it were. This is an over simplification of the disorder, of course, but rest assured that there is validity to my argument. Even many adults have similar problems without the ADHD diagnosis, because it’s simply hard to focu when you’re full of energy and not properly stimulated on an intellectual level, which brings me to my next point.
Another issue that contributes to this problem is an educational system that doesn’t properly engage students in the learning process. Far be it from me to claim I know how to do this, but as it stands, kids are bored by school. We all take this as a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be. Instead, we simply need to do some digging to find a way to get kids interested in learning. It’s my opinion that we’re all geniuses, but the interest has to be there in order for our genius to show, and we’re just not getting kids interested.