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Screen Time and Mental Health

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Screen time has a huge effect on mental health. Get tips for creating a healthier relationship with your screens.
Air Date: 10/15/19
Duration: 20:12
Host: Holly Lucille, RN, ND
Guest Bio: Lauren Cook, MFT
Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 6.04.48 PMLauren Cook has a Master’s of Marriage and Family Therapy and is a clinician working with individuals, couples, children, and families. She currently works at the University of San Diego in their student counseling center.

Lauren speaks around the country and visits universities to provide them with education about mental health and well-being. She is the author of Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health and The Sunny Side Up: Celebrating Happiness.
  • Book Title: Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health, The Sunny Side Up: Celebrating Happiness
Screen Time and Mental Health
These days, we spend a good portion of our day looking at screens, whether it’s the TV, our laptop or cell phone.

And, that has a big effect on our mental health.

The anonymity and distance created by the internet allows people to say hurtful things they might not say if face-to-face with someone. The curation of social media profiles creates a false image of perfection that becomes hard to attain in real life.

Many children are so connected to their screens that having an in-person conversation or maintaining eye contact can be a challenge. 

Lauren Cook identifies the signs that you or a loved one is spending too much time in front of screens and shares tips for limiting screen time.

She notes that the best way to overcome the anxiety and loneliness caused by technology is to become more mindful of your relationship with screens and focus on moderation.

Listen as Lauren joins Dr. Holly Lucille to discuss how screen time affects mental health.