Showing posts from July, 2011

Wired and Tired: Electronics and Sleep Disturbance in Children

Wired and Tired:  Electronics and Sleep Disturbance in Children Published on March 12, 2011 by Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. in Mental Wealth Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist specializing in treating children with complex diagnoses and/or treatment-resistant conditions. Does your child have trouble sleeping , concentrating, or getting up in the morning? Do they sleep plenty of hours but seem exhausted? Sleep difficulties in children are on the rise--and I expect this trend will get worse before it gets better. 
 According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, estimates for the number of children with abnormal sleep range from one in ten in the general population, to 50-75% in children with mental health or developmental/neurological disorders. In my practice, parents frequently report their child does not fall asleep easily, is restless at night, or is extremely irritable and disorganized in the morning. Adolescents frequently complai

Does It Really Affect Us?

In an article from PluggedIn.Org, movie studios' increasing reluctance to depict smoking in movies aimed at young audiences has corresponded with a significant drop in smoking among teens, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Specifically, the CDC reports that tobacco use occurred 595 times in 2010 in films with a G, PG or PG-13 rating-a 71.6% drop compared to similarly rated films in 2005. Even more dramatically, depictions of smoking plunged 95.8% in movies from the three studios (Disney, Time Warner, Comcast) with explicit policies against depicting that behavior.  At the same time, from 2000 to 2009, tobacco use among middle schoolers fell from 15.1% to 8.2%. Among high school students, the percentage fell from 34.5% to 23.9%. CDC researcher Ursula Bauer said of the correlation is obvious, "The more you see [smoking onscreen], the more likely you are to be open to smoking and start smoking."   Does anyone see a similar relationship with

I Don't Want My Kids To Be Happy

The following is a letter Missy wrote to her children.   Missy writes the blog: "It's Almost Nap Time!" at Dear Shepherd, Sissy, Maggie and Ikey,

 Recently we were told by people whom we love and respect why they oppose our plans to adopt. One of the reasons given was that we would not be able to pay for your college education.

 It's true.

 You all have college funds - college funds which recently took a terrible hit - but "they" say that by the time you're 18, college will cost anywhere between $200,000 to half a million dollars each. You might as well know now, we won't be covering that. I'm telling you now, babies.
 The people said that the day would come when you would look at us with resentment because you had to apply for school loans while many of your friends got a free ride from their parents.
 Maybe you will. Maybe you'll resent us. I really hope not. But maybe I should tell y'