Parents should avoid their children becoming ‘transfixed’ by digital media like iPads and iPhones during the summer holidays and encourage a ‘talk not tap culture’ when children are on vacation, a top psychiatrist has said.
Priory's Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from Woodbourne Priory Hospital, provides advice for parents who may be concerned their child is affected by sexting.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist, based at the Priory’s Woodbourne Hospital in Birmingham, said that some screen time was inevitable and enjoyable, but taken to excess it contributed to health problems such as obesity, but left children frequently exposed to the dangers of cyberbullying.
Depression “surge”: Are cyberbullying and sexting to blame? Low self-esteem, worrying about body image and stressing about exams and life in general are part and parcel of being a teenager.
Priory experts have been alarmed by national news reports about a rise in self harming, and harmful social media activity apparently advocating self harming, after Zayn Malik's departure.
Dr Paul Bester Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist of Priory Hospital Roehamptom is today speaking at the ‘True Grit Pastoral Conference - Developing emotional resilience in schools’ taking place at Kings College School Wimbledon.
Dr Hamilton McBrien, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and Medical Director at The Priory Hospital North London comments on today’s media coverage on the increased number of children treated on adult mental health wards.
The child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) unit at the Priory Hospital Chelmsford has become the latest in a small handful of units across the UK and Europe to receive an international accreditation for quality.
Recent media has reported a sharp increase in the number of young people with mental health issues since the recession, according to the Royal College of GPs. It estimates that tens of thousands of 15 to 34-year-olds may be living with depression, stress and anxiety and says doctors are not being given the right training to deal with the problem.