The Unique Impact of Dads

Dads often report feeling undervalued, yet research shows their influence offers unique, long-term developmental benefits.

Restricting Screens: Why Your Child WON'T Get Left Behind

When it comes to limiting screen-time based on tolerability, parents needn't worry whether keeping the child from electronics now will put them at a disadvantage later.

Rethinking How to Help Kids Lose Weight

Is it possible to "tweak" a child's metabolism to help them lose weight naturally? How do psychiatric issues and medications impact weight in children?

12 Days of Non-Tech Gift Giving

Get "real" toys this year! Here are 12 gift categories for children that encourage imagination, bonding, movement, and of course loads of family fun.

Going Screenfree: Sheer Madness or Sheer Genius?

Whether a parent senses screen-time is having a negative impact on a child or simply feels there's way too much of it, constantly managing electronics use can drive parents crazy. Here are three tips to help parents go from thinking "something needs to change" to taking decisive action.

A Curious Case of Depression

A young adult male comes in reporting weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, and depression so severe he's requesting "shock therapy." Where does one begin with such difficult cases?

The Hidden Agenda Behind 21st Century Learning

High-stakes testing, obsessive data collection, and lofty promises of technology’s potential to “revolutionize” education are contributing to alarming amounts of school-based screen-time—without regard for screens’ numerous impacts on learning and mental health. Teacher and public education advocate Tara Ehrcke describes the deceptive web behind 21st Century Learning.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

By disrupting sleep, suppressing the brain's frontal lobe, raising stress hormones, and fracturing attention, daily screen-time is making children become the worst version of themselves.

Wired Parent, Wired Child

When it comes to managing their kids' screen-time, parents are often blamed for being bad role models. But in practice, blaming and shaming parents doesn't work. Here's what does.

Ask Your Doctor If You Should Take Advice from a Commercial

Commercials about psychiatric drugs are now ubiquitous. Are they helpful or harmful?

Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally With These Five Steps

Does research support the use of natural methods for treating ADHD? Here are five evidence-based suggestions for tackling the poor focus and disorganized behavior that are part and parcel of this disorder.

Why CFL's Aren't Such a Bright Idea

In light of rising environmentally-sensitive brain disorders such as autism and ADHD in children, are energy-saving CFL's costing us dearly?

Dumb & Dumber: Interactive Screentime is Worse than TV

Few parents would argue that television is good for kids' brains, while many mistakenly believe that interactive screen-time--in the form of video games, internet use, and social media--has beneficial effects that outweigh any risks. But is it possible that interactive screen-time is WORSE than passive?

Why You Should Run Away from Your Problems

How many times have we heard that exercise helps with depression? But does it really work? Researchers recently discovered that the amount and frequency really does matter. In an age where patients increasingly seek natural, drug-free treatments, it's helpful to know what works--and how to prescribe it.

"Mommy, Pretend I'm Playing a Game on my iPad!"

Technology offers children instant gratification, role playing, and intense stimulation. The result? The desire to escape from the real world to the virtual gets stronger and stronger, as does the desire to become the false image created on Facebook, to become the TV, sports, or gaming character, to become the device, to become-in short-transhuman.

Lipoic Acid: The Little Supplement that Could

Do you become overwhelmed when you’re in the supplement aisle? Do you ever feel like you're shoving a fistful of pills into your mouth every day and can no longer remember why you’re taking what? For these reasons and more, it's helpful to be aware of potent agents that serve multiple roles. Meet lipoic acid, the little supplement that packs a powerful punch.

Screen Free Week is Just around the Corner!

Screen Free Week is right around the corner: May 5-11, 2014. Although children will naturally engage in healthy play once liberated from screens, parents often panic in regards to "what will my child DO?!" Here's a list of activities to get those brainstorming juices flowing, along with some important reasons why going screen-free is worth the effort.

The Link Between Light-at-Night, Depression & Suicidality

With teen depression and suicide on the rise, environmental factors cannot be ignored. A growing body of evidence suggests light-at-night from electronic devices—a favorite pastime of teens—may be to blame.

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

Excessive screen time damages the brain's gray and white matter, alters cerebral cortex thickness, and impairs cognitive function according to recent brain scan research. But "everything's okay in moderation," right? The real question is, how is seven hours/day of screen-time moderate? Are kids with "regular" screen exposure damaging their brains too?

Why Can My Inattentive Child Pay Attention to Video Games?!

Parents often wonder: if my child has attention problems, why is it that he can focus during a video game? But if we understand the basis of attention and attentional deficits, we'll see why this phenomenon is not so surprising.

An Overlooked Factor in the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 children are considered overweight or obese, topping issues like smoking and substance abuse as the number one pediatric health concern today in the United States. Why is it that childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years?

9 Resolutions that Invest in Your Mental Wealth

I know New Year's resolutions are supposed to be concrete with specific goals, but I'd like to present some holistic resolutions that have the potential to create shifts in everyday mentality.

Pediatricians Elaborate on Screen Guidelines

The American Academy of Pediatrics has reiterated its policy on screen-time guidelines for children and teens, and has provided some new recommendations to help families manage the logistics. How closely are you following them?

Japan's Prescribing Internet Fasting Camps—Should We?

Japan is starting internet-fasting camps for youths suffering from excessive screen-time. Resources in the US are scarce, and parents feel overwhelmed to intervene. Can we bridge the gap?

Boost Your Child's Brain Power with This Simple Remedy

Do you want to send your child off to school with improved focus and organization? Here's how an electronic fast can help send your child to the head of the class.

Food, Inflammation, and Autism: Is There a Link?

Evidence for environmental influences either triggering or worsening autism continues to grow. While we know certain foods can exacerbate autistic symptoms, it also appears that food sensitivity reactions might be initiators for the autistic process itself—as early as the womb.

Tips for Managing Screentime This Summer

Summertime can be a blessing or a curse for kids these days, depending on how they choose to spend their time. My advice? Choose for them, if they’re at all inclined to overindulge on screen-time. Here are some tips on how to prevent electronic overload during summer vacation.

Nature's Rx: Green-Time's Effects on ADHD

While screen-time has disorganizing effects on the nervous system, green-time seems to help integrate it. Research suggests greenery improves concentration, impulse control, and mood regulation.

Silver Linings of the New DSM Playbook

Like it or not, the new DSM-V arrived today. Much of the media coverage has addressed criticisms and concerns, but there has been little focus on how the changes of the DSM may benefit the bottom line--improvement of care. From a psychiatrist's perspective, here's a list of silver linings.

Resyncing the Bodyclock to Treat ADHD

Good news for those with ADHD who prefer a more natural approach. Research shows attentional symptoms may be related to poor sleep and an out-of-sync body clock--and may respond to light therapy and melatonin supplementation.