Kids are more depressed, anxious, and possess more antisocial attitudes than they did during The Great Depression. At least 5 to 6 times more likely than kids during the late 1930’s. And it has nothing to do with the economy. For one, kids are more aware and educated about mental health issues but you could possibly guess all the other reasons. Instant gratification, 24/7 access to social media, technology, reality tv, and celebrity saturation…
A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation finally proves what many parents have been saying to their kids for years. Children ages 8-18 are spending virtually every waking moment on electronic devices when they are not in school. 7.5 hours to be exact. Due to their ability to multitask they actually pack 10 hours and 45 minutes of media content into that 7.5 hours. Compared to 5 years ago kids are spending an hour more per day on electronics such as smart phones, computers, tv, and video games. And this does not count the 1.5 hours kids spent texting on their phones or the half hour they spent talking on it. The researchers were shocked because five years ago they believed use could not get any higher and that youths had hit a ceiling. Wrong! Forty seven percent of the heaviest media users had grades that were “C” or lower, described themselves as bored and sad, got into trouble, had trouble getting along with their parents, and did not like school.
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The latest research on antidepressants. In a nutshell without counseling and lifestyle changes, most of the time medication won’t “cure” the problem alone.
Some of us start resolutions on January 1st but you can start a resolution any day of the year. Personally, I am starting mine on January 8th which is my Mom’s birthday. She died this past September. If you need a few ideas consider some of these.