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Tele-Psychiatrist in VA, NC, & DC
ADHD Specialist for Children, Teenagers, & Adults 
Treats Almost All Psychiatric Issues, All Ages

MD-Only Treatment.

60 min initial eval & treatment =  $275.
30 min follow-up = $135.
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Sep 27, 2023, 8:35 AM
Are Screens Negatively Impacting Kids' Brains and Fueling the ADHD Epidemic? Experts Weigh In The overreliance on screens for mental health diagnoses in children is a growing concern among experts. With the increasing prevalence of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, many healthcare providers use digital tools and apps to screen for these conditions. However, the accuracy and reliability of these screens have been called into question, with concerns being raised about the potential negative impact on children's brains. Overreliance on screens for mental health diagnoses can lead to misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis, and inappropriate treatment, negatively impacting children's psychological and physical health in the long term. The effects of screen time on brain development in children are well documented. Studies have shown that excessive screen time can lead to changes in brain structure and function, particularly in areas related to attention, language, and social cognition. Prolonged screen exposure can also lead to decreased gray matter volume, associated with lower IQ scores and poorer academic performance. These changes in brain development can have significant implications for children's mental and physical health, including an increased risk of developing ADHD, depression, and anxiety. There is a strong correlation between screen time and mental health issues in children and adolescents. Studies have shown that excessive screen time increases the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children aged 2 to 5 years have one hour of screen time per day, while older children and adolescents should have no more than two hours per day. However, many children are exceeding these limits, with some spending up to seven hours per day on screens. This excessive screen time can contribute to the growing epidemic of ADHD, depression, and anxiety in children and adolescents. Limiting children's screen time and encouraging other activities, such as outdoor play, reading, and social interaction, is essential to promote healthy brain development and mental health.