It's no secret that being a teenager has its challenges. In fact, more and more research (really interesting, creative research!) is being done to figure out the unique challenges of the emerging generation now being called "iGen." These iGen are growing up in a time where they can't imagine a world without the internet, especially social media.
The mental and physical health repercussions of being on a mobile or computer screen are enormous. Loneliness, depression and suicidal thoughts/actions have spiked in recent years. An article reporting research in The Atlantic states:
"The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression. Eighth-graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27 percent, while those who play sports, go to religious services, or even do homework more than the average teen cut their risk significantly. Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan."
For parents who are struggling with managing their teenager's relationship to technology, this is a great read that will inspire you to take action in an agreed upon way.
I have personally worked with several suicidal and depressed teens and it is where I discover some of the best results and satisfaction. Call me crazy, but there is so much fun in building a patient - practitioner relationship with someone young and who is ready to ask questions and open to changing their life for the better.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat your child that will help them to navigate the obstacles that show up during adolescence.
Increases Body Awareness
Promotes Healthy Digestion
Balances Hormones and Mood
If you would like a complimentary 30 minute consultation to discuss how acupuncture and functional medicine can help your teen, call me at (510)-333-6267 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To set up an Initial Patient visit go here.
In Love and Light,
Monica Walters, L.Ac.