Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy

Source: Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. in Psychology Today

6 ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated.

Kids may be given a mental health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, when the problem is everyday electronic use.

An “electronic fast” can be necessary to “reset” a child so they can focus better and experience a brighter, more even mood.

A look at six physiological mechanisms explains how electronics produce mood disturbance. For example: Electronics desynchronise the body clock.

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially…

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