Fidget Spinners & ADHD

The small rotating toys with bearings in them known as fidget spinners are all in rage nowadays. These toys are able to provide to people a relaxing experience and make them happy for a little while. Many organizations are banning it, many of them see this as a way to cure those who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety or even autism.  Some even say that using a fidget spinner helps them calm and reduce their distraction, although there have been contradicting reports from many scientists from around the world who say that fidget spinners only help towards one region of the brain. Here we will look at whether the aforementioned fidget spinner is able to tackle the varying conditions of ADHD and autism majorly found in children today or not.

What is a fidget spinner and how does it work?

A fidget spinner is a device that looks like a fan with 3 legs and the central part is filled with bearings on the inside and it comes in many sizes. Its main use is to be spun around its 3 legs for some time after which the rotation stops and it comes back to its original state. The momentum this toy gives out is extremely pleasing to some people and is said to help improve the sensory functions of the brain and help in health benefits. They were conceived as a way to relieve stress and anxiety by Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer and has only recently caught on the trend for many people today.

How is a fidget spinner looking to cure ADHD and anxiety?

There are many ways in which this toy is looking to cure this disease and here are some reasons as to why one is taking a look at it.

  • According to Dr. Stuart Johnstone, a scientist dealing with the psychology of the mind, fidget spinners are only useful for stimulating the central nervous system and helping them in areas such as concentration. It would remind them to come back to attention and help them focus but does not concretely believe in the full subject.
  • One is able to control and direct their stress and anger towards the fidget spinner, thus, making them calmer and controlled in their thinking.
  • When one is using the fidget spinner, rather than focusing on a situation with anxiety, they are able to divert their mind from that by spinning it and the focus remains on the spinner only.
  • For those with special needs and in the help of improvement towards motor skills, the fidget spinner comes in handy as it makes them less awkward and calmer in tougher situations.
  • The various prices at which it is available looks to bring people into the fidget spinner trend.

Reasons as to why fidget spinners cannot cure ADHD or Anxiety

Even though they look attractive and are priced cheaply, fidget spinners cannot be said as a full-time cure for ADHD or anxiety as they target a very different perspective on this topic. Given here are the reasons as to why their use case is very limited and why they are usually not recommended.

  • Those who suffer from ADD or ADD are known to have the problem because of non-movement of their bodies and in turn, they have to do the opposite to help improve their cognitive functions. There are reports that one is able to differentiate between how one person moves with ADHD and how their memory is. Fidget spinners on the other hand help in only one aspect of this issue, so they cannot be that helpful.
  • When one is doing homework or wants to remove that distraction, a fidget spinner comes into play so that they become engrossed in it. That is one other reason as to why it cannot be recommended.
  • Mental illness is very difficult to treat at times as people have to face the facts with a very disheartened tone and as there are no solutions for this, thus involving a fidget spinner in this cannot be said as an immediate cure to ADHD.
  • Also, there is no proven evidence that is showing how fidget spinners help people with ADHD and anxiety, reduce their levels of stress and tension as there is no movement across the board but only spinning, which makes it less useful and not worth the objective it was supposed to achieve.
  • Last but not the least, it is shown that fidget spinners distract children and not help them focus on their life and in turn need more time to come back to the original form.


According to the inventor of fidget spinners Catherine Hettinger, fidget spinners were conceived as a way to keep people out of trouble and not help cure very high-risk mental illnesses such as ADHD or anxiety. Even though it has its positives to keep stress, anxiety, and tension away, it is able to bring back concentration, focus and even keep people calm and that is about it. The limited functions it has on offer means there is very little movement, and people do not experience the full results as they expect. Those with ADHD or ADD require movement and this does not justify it, also since there is no solid evidence to say that this is able to cure ADHD proves that it is not so useful in that front, but it is built only as a distraction. Though there is no proven evidence or any reviews by people who have seen benefits in the ADHD cases by fidget spinners, there might be a chance one can see a few improvements as for ADHD patients. After all, it is all about trying once. It does no harm to health if used in a proper way. Most schools seem to have banned the product only due to them being a distraction and nothing harmful. So, make sure to try it once before to credit the product to be least useful.