Childhood depression on the rise

Published: Dec. 14, 2017 at 10:08 AM CST
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We're looking at the health crisis hitting america's youngest generation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1-in-5 American children under 17 has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.

Researchers are now asking if the I-Generation, named after I-pods, I-pads and I-phones, is spending too much time with tech.

Jennifer Baker of Good Dads recommends collecting cell phones after 8 p-m. She also says laptops and i-pads should only be used in public areas and not behind a closed door.

Jennifer says, "If most of your interaction with other kids is through an electronic device, you miss the facial expressions, the warmth, the hugs. So, everybody's in their own room of their house or on their computer or their i-pad watching videos and they're not interacting with each other."

A couple other factors possibly contributing to childhood depression- include; overscheduled kids. Jennifer says free time is not a bad thing.

Also, kids are very aware of conflict between parents. If you're constantly sniping or fighting with a spouse, it will impact your children. So, the advice is to get professional help.

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