Is it possible to mistaken stress to be ADHD?

Yes, it is happening now in South Africa.

A recent study published by Bloomberg has ranked South Africa as the second most stressed country in the world. Nigerians are the most stressed out and Norwegians the most laid-back.

These rankings are based on information from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, International Monetary Fund, Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, Transparency International and World Health Organisation.

Factors like GDP, corruption and unemployment were taken into account when determining the stress levels of individual countries.

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) South Africans are under extreme amounts of stress and don’t know how to deal with it. They are facing a diversity of challenges, and the rapid changes that the country has undergone have been very stressful for all South Africans.

Factors like economic uncertainty, high levels of unemployment and high crime levels greatly contribute to their daily stress levels.

10 examples of stress symptoms:

– Inability to concentrate

– Nervousness and anxiety

– Insomnia

– Irritability and short temper

– Constant worrying

– Depression

– High blood pressure

– Digestive problems

– Substance abuse

– Loss of sex drive

ADHD meds overprescribed in SA?

A recent Health24 article highlights the fact that South Africa has one of the highest rates of prescribing medication for ADHD in the world – even higher than in the USA. This is amidst the growing trend worldwide to find solutions that do not necessary include medicine – and placing greater emphasis on investigating the symptoms and finding out why people the behave the way they do.

Taken from health24

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