With the explosion in digital entertainment options over the past several decades and the more recent restrictions on outdoor and in-person social activities, parents may worry that excessive engagement with digital technology could have long-term effects on their children’s mental health.
A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, however, found little evidence for an increased association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems over the past 30 years. The data did not consistently support the suggestion that the technologies we worry about most (e.g., smartphones) are becoming more harmful… [Read more…] about Study: Social media and general tech engagement not found to “fry” teenagers’ brains
It is estimated that up to 75% of youth with ADHD have sleep problems. And, experimental studies that manipulate sleep quantity have demonstrated a causal link between sleep and ADHD behavior in children.
However, there has been no prior work in which sleep duration has been manipulated in adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. [Read more…] about Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits
“Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show [Read more…] about Large NIH study to collect and share data on the impact on kids’ brains of screen time and other social, behavioral, physical and environmental factors
Numerous studies have established that parents of children with ADHD experience more stress in their parenting role than other parents. Although it is reasonable to expect that this would also be true for parents of adolescents with ADHD, this issue [Read more…] about Study: Raising a teen with ADHD adds significant stress to parents–especially to mothers
Young Depressive Patients Respond To Computer Therapy (Medical News Today):
- “Depression is common in adolescents, although many are reluctant to seek professional help. According to a study published in BMJ, specialized computer therapy is just as effective as [Read more…] about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, delivered as a Videogame, Can Help Lower Anxiety and Depression
Adolescence can be a challenging time for both the adolescents and the significant adults (parents, teachers) in their lives. Teenagers themselves do not always understand why they behave the way they do. Why is it difficult being a teenager or interacting with one? Why do teenagers have these typical behaviors: Risk-taking, strange sleeping habits, addiction, impulsivity, etc.?
As looking at what is happening in a teenage brain can provide answers to these questions, we selected the Top 10 Resources to help you better understand the teenage brain. The major thread to navigate these resources is the concept of a brain still maturing. [Read more…] about Top 10 Resources to Better Understand the Teenage Brain— Brain Health Series Part 2