When I was young, I was obsessed with my phone.
I’d never seen anything quite like it.
For a time, I’d spent most of my waking hours staring at it.
It was like a window to the outside world, the perfect object to stare at, like a painting that’s been painted on.
For the longest time, this was the only thing that was truly important to me.
But I also knew that my obsession would eventually die with me.
And it did.
As my mind became accustomed to staring at screens, I gradually lost interest in them.
I stopped buying and downloading apps and websites.
I became increasingly reliant on my phone for my most important activities, like going for a run, reading, playing with my kids, and doing other things that I’d become accustomed to.
I would often look at my phone with a mixture of boredom and anxiety.
But what was most disheartening was that I didn’t realise it was all my fault.
I thought that if I got rid of my phone, it would somehow improve my health.
But this is what I thought, because I thought I had to get rid of it.
And then I got a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
A condition that can affect children and adults alike, ADD is a brain disorder that is thought to cause an inability to focus, concentrate and learn, among other symptoms.
In the case of young people, it’s often caused by being over-excited about their own activities, such as playing games or playing computer games.
When this happens, children often have difficulty keeping up with the pace of their peers, often failing to perform well in school or at work.
The condition is also associated with a heightened sensitivity to stimuli and can cause a child to be excessively focused on his or her own thoughts and feelings.
So why do young people who are stressed by their phones have ADD?
When you have ADD, your brain is constantly engaged in an obsessive, focused way that’s not really in keeping with the flow of time, says neuropsychologist Peter Kowalczyk, from the University of British Columbia.
It can be an obsessive-compulsive, a compulsive-hyperactive, or a reactive-compulsively focused type of ADHD.
If you’re over-focused on your own activity, you’re going to get more attention from your environment, so you’re more likely to be distracted and have more problems with your mood, sleep, appetite, and attention span, says Kowaleczyk.
“If you’re constantly distracted, you might actually be making it worse,” he says.
It’s not just kids, either.
ADHD can be a problem in people of all ages.
A study by psychologists at the University and University of Minnesota found that young adults who scored high on a test of attention and memory, were more likely than their peers to be over-compensating and taking advantage of other people’s attention and their ability to remember.
So if your smartphone is the most important thing in your life right now, you may have a problem.
But if you’re still feeling stuck, here’s some advice to help you find the help you need.
Get to know your phone If you’ve got a smartphone, it can be easy to lose track of what’s going on around you, Kowalyczyk says.
That’s because your brain has built-in alarms that alert you to incoming messages, text messages and calls.
But when you’re bored, you don’t want to hear about your phone.
It makes you feel stressed, and you might end up forgetting things you need to know.
You might be thinking: “I need to get to my phone,” Kowaleski says.
So to keep your phone, you have to learn to be more selective about what you look at, what you read, and what you do.
To learn how, you need some tips from experts.
You need to focus on the content of the message you’re reading, rather than the words.
And you need a strategy for finding the information you need without going out and searching online.
Take a look at these tips to help: Keep a close eye on your messages.
For example, if you want to learn more about a subject, read through your phone and see what’s on there.
If it’s a message you want, take a moment to look at it, and check if it’s important.
You’ll be surprised how much you’ll discover about something if you pay attention to the context of the text, Kowski says, which can help you to recall important information without being distracted.
“It’s very important to keep a very clear view of what you’re looking at and where you are,” Kowskalycz says.
You should also make sure that you’re not looking at something that you shouldn’t be, such a photo or video, he says, so that you can’t see yourself looking at that.
If your phone is constantly buzzing with text messages, try