July 27, 2023

Join us for an enlightening episode as we delve into the world of screens and their profound effects on mental health with renowned psychiatrist, author, and screen-time expert, Dr. Victoria Dunckley. In this riveting discussion, Dr. Dunckley shares her expertise on how screen time, especially interactive content, can lead to hyperarousal, cognitive issues, and even exacerbate psychiatric conditions like anxiety and OCD.

We explore the dopamine-related nature of tics and the stimulant-like impact of screen time on the brain, as well as the consequences of excessive screen use on sleep, mood regulation, and cognition. Dr. Dunckley unveils the compelling link between screen time and disruptions in brain chemistry, drawing on postmortem studies that reveal the shocking implications of screen overconsumption.

As we navigate the discussion, we learn about the connection between screens and attention deficits, executive functioning challenges, and the ways children's brains adapt to constant stimulation. Dr. Dunckley shares practical advice for parents, including the importance of outdoor time and the potential dangers of screen use at night. Plus, we uncover the importance of unstructured play and the questionable impact of homework on a child's development.

Don't miss this eye-opening conversation that sheds light on the critical relationship between screens and mental health. Tune in to gain valuable insights and discover how prioritizing mental well-being can lead to healthier, happier lives for our children and ourselves.

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