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More than half of parents of sleep-deprived teens blame electronics

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“It’s no secret that many teenagers stay up late to scroll through social media or catch up with friends on phones. And 56 percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe this use of electronics is hurting their child’s shut-eye.” (more)

Teens Know Social Media Is Manipulative. But They Just Can’t Get Enough.

Ed Surge – Stephen Noonoo

“Almost three-quarters of teens said they know social media companies are manipulating them into spending more time online. Yet somewhat paradoxically, they also say the technology has a positive impact on their wellbeing. The survey from nonprofit Common Sense Media, called “Social Media, Social Life,” is a follow up to a similar report conducted in 2012, where teens were also asked about their relationship with social media. This year, a sample of around 1,100 teens aged 13-17 participated, answering a broad range of questions about their perceptions of technology and how they’re actually using it.” (more)

Can Digital Media Usage Lead to ADHD?

The U.S. News and World Report – Neha Vyas, M.D.,

“In July, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a noteworthy study linking digital media usage with the development of symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. It showed that teens who interacted with more than 14 different media sites per week began to develop symptoms of ADHD. Just a few short months before that study was published, findings in the Journal of Developmental Psychology noted that teenagers nowadays are in fact more self-controlled and able to delay gratification compared to kids 50 years ago. The article postulated that increases in abstract thought associated with digital technology were contributing to this improvement in concentration.” (more)

More U.S. teens shunning drugs, alcohol

Medical X-Press – Alan Mozes

“Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows. “There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or any other drugs,” said study author Dr. Sharon Levy. She directs the adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston Children’s Hospital.” (more)

Many Recommend Teaching Mental Health In Schools. Now Two States Will Require It

The Huffington Post – Christine Vestal

“Amid sharply rising rates of teen suicide and adolescent mental illness, two states have enacted laws that for the first time require public schools to include mental health education in their basic curriculum. Most states require health education in all public schools, and state laws have been enacted in many states to require health teachers to include lessons on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, cancer detection and safe sex. Two states are going further: New York’s new law adds mental health instruction to the list in kindergarten through 12th grade; Virginia requires it in ninth and 10th grades.” (more)

Big rise seen in U.S. kids, teens attempting suicide

Medical X-Press – Alan Mozes

“In a troubling sign that anxiety and depression are taking hold of America’s youth, new research shows a doubling since 2008 in the number of kids and teens who’ve been hospitalized for attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts. Study author Dr. Gregory Plemmons said the findings “are not surprising,” and that “colleges have also reported a dramatic increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression among students and in use of counseling services.” But is the risk for teen suicide actually growing, or are more vulnerable teens going to hospitals than in the past? Plemmons said it’s hard to tell.” (more)