The rise in ADHD has coincided with the rise of mobile devices. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children on average spend nearly seven and a half hours each day staring at screens. That's up 20 percent from just five years ago. Is there a relationship between the two? Perhaps. It's not so clear-cut.
Article written by Debby Rohr, Social Worker, discussing parenting strategies
The following interview was conducted by The Balanced Mind Parent Network Executive Director Martha Hellander:
The Balanced Mind Parent Network: Dr. Greene, The Explosive Child has gained a huge following among parents of children with bipolar disorder. Have many parents in the audiences you've spoken to around the country told you their child has this diagnosis?
RG: Yes, I've found that bipolar disorder is an increasingly common diagnosis in children and adolescents who also fit the description of "explosive."
The Balanced Mind Parent Network: You write that most children with what you call inflexible-explosive behavior are not the product of poor parenting, nor have they been abused nor neglected. What does cause this behavior, then?
RG: My own take on things is that these children are lacking in two critical skill areas: flexibility and frustration tolerance. A variety of factors stemming from poor self-regulation and poor emotional modulation may impair the development of these skills. Naturally, how adults respond to these children is also important.