[Dr. Victoria Dunckley is one of the preeminent researchers looking into the children’s brain on screens and a proponent of an electronics fast to reverse the devastating effects. This is shared with her express permission.]
Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially….