A common theme these past few weeks with clients has been a tendency to hyperfocus on social media, especially Twitter. Therapeutically, cutting back on social media as a mental health goal is a good idea, and sometimes taking full breaks. Some of my clients feel guilty if they are not watching/scrolling, and I call this phenomenon bearing witness. Protecting your mental energy, gives you energy.
While individuals with attention and concentration vulnerabilities, including anxiety disorders, ADHD, and autism spectrum￼ have been perceived as ‘tuning out,’ the opposite is actually true, based on the neuropsychology research. Instead, they tend to be overly sensitive to disturbing imagery and social injustice.
Please check out the article in ADDITUDE: Whay Am I So Sensitive? Why ADHD Brains Can’t Just Ignore Unfairness.
Also read: On Hyperfocus.