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Lockdown Lowdown is a segment on Tuesday's and Thursdays at 13.40 where EB Inglis brings in experts to chat about various topics that could help us during the national lockdown period.

In this episode, EB Inglis chats to Professor Renata Schoeman, Head of the MBA in Healthcare Leadership, University of Stellenbosch Business school, and convenor of the South African Society of Psychiatrists’ Special Interest group for ADHD.

Schoeman shares her insight into how the lockdown affects those who suffer from adult ADHD and what they can do to get through it.

It can absolutely put all your symptoms on steroids, it can really highlight the things that are not easy for someone with ADHD to do, one of them is planning a routine and keeping to routine.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

Also, if you need to move, if you've been managing some of your symptoms through regular exercise that is also another challenge.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

And then the low frustration tolerance, especially if you're then confined or cooped up with other people in the family or just even on your own, this cooped-up feeling can aggravate the low frustration tolerance.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

Given the lockdown circumstances, what can be done to manage ADHD?

Keep on doing the things that you can do that's good for you in terms of staying active, improvise in your backyard, improvise in your lounge but try to at least move for 30 minutes a day.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

Keep to your sleeping patterns, it's so tempting now to sleep in late, not having a good routine.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

The other thing is, especially if you're with your family, whether you've been working from home or not, make sure that you have time out, maybe 30 minutes a day for all of the family members just to regroup, just to gather your thoughts, just to have some space.

- Professor Renata Schoeman

Listen below for EB Inglis' full interview with Professor Renata Schoeman.


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