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Do Fidget Spinners Help Anxiety and ADHD? Experts Are Skeptical

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  • Fidget spinners claim to help relieve symptoms of ADHD, autism and anxiety, but scientific evidence toward this end is lacking
  • As fidget spinners have grown in popularity, they’ve become a distraction in classrooms — to the extent that some schools are now enacting fidget-spinner bans
  • Some anecdotal reports suggest fidget spinners provide benefits in some cases; however, a better option for ADHD and anxiety relief is regular physical activity

By Dr. Mercola

Fidget spinners are the latest go-to gadget for schoolkids, but as their popularity has soared, so too has the controversy surrounding them. The hand-held, ball-bearing devices spin satisfyingly when manipulated by the users' thumb and fingers, providing what would seem to be a novel form of fidgeting. The devices' popularity is evidenced by Google searches for "fidget spinner," which were non-existent a year ago, and then suddenly peaked in popularity in May 2017.


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