Increasing numbers of parents grapple with children who are acting out without obvious reason. Revved up and irritable, many of these children are diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar illness, autism, or other disorders but don t respond well to treatment. Read more...
Increasing numbers of parents grapple with children who are acting out without obvious reason. Revved up and irritable, many of these children are diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar illness, autism, or other disorders but don t respond well to treatment. They are then medicated, often with poor results and unwanted side effects. Based on emerging scientific research and extensive clinical experience, integrative child psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Dunckley has pioneered a four-week program to treat the frequent underlying cause, Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS).
Dr. Dunckley has found that everyday use of interactive screen devices such as computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets can easily overstimulate a child s nervous system, triggering a variety of stubborn symptoms. In contrast, she s discovered that a strict electronic fast single-handedly improves mood, focus, sleep, and behavior, regardless of the child s diagnosis.
Offered now in this book, this simple intervention can produce a life-changing shift in brain function all without cost or medication. Dr. Dunckley provides hope for parents who feel that their child has been misdiagnosed or inappropriately medicated, by presenting an alternative explanation for their child s difficulties and a concrete plan for treating them."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Integrative psychiatrist Dunckley tackles the hot issue of the effects that electronic devices such as cellphones, computers, and e-readers are having on children’s brains. The effects, she believes, are profound, potentially dangerous, but also reversible. Dividing the book into three parts, she begins by outlining symptoms of and problems developing from Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS). Parts two and three explain how to “reset” the brain with a three-week electronic fast, and then how to decide whether to reintroduce electronics. Dunckley includes plenty of case studies, which make for interesting reading. Justin’s teacher and dad thought he had ADHD; however, when he eliminated screen time, his symptoms gradually disappeared. A three-year-old girl’s tics—eye-blinking and throat-clearing—vanished when her parents took away her smartphone. Dunckley’s ideas for moderating screen time, such as mandating equal amounts of exercise time, should appeal to parents. Readers will also feel relieved to have such a helpful guide to teaching children that there is more to life than staring at a screen. Agent: Deirdre Mullane, Deirdre Literary. (Aug.)