By Trace Embry
Last week we launched our new weekly video post.
Beginning this week, we start publishing two posts per week, i.e., one with a video and one without. We want to provide you with more free parenting resources.
How You Can Identify Anhedonia
In his book Thrilled to Death, Dr. Archibald Hart writes about an American epidemic that is now affecting about 80% of the American public – to one degree or another.
It’s called anhedonia. Anhedonia is a tough topic to tackle, but I have addressed it in numerous posts. Feel free to explore my previous posts (below) further. I also highly recommend Dr. Hart’s book Thrilled to Death.
- 1 Reason Teens are Misdiagnosed with Depression
- Understanding Anhedonia: How to Define it in Today’s Culture
- Hear the Audio at License to Parent: Why Anhedonia Should Be Taken Seriously
I know this may sound far fetched to some; however, I’d venture to say in the teenage population the percentage of people with anhedonia is probably closer to 100%.
The Role of Technology
Mobile devices will account for 50% of all Internet traffic very soon. Because of this virtually every family is faced with overstimulation of pleasure, entertainment, and multi-tasking.
Anhedonia is a destruction of the pleasure center of the brain that often comes from drug abuse, schizophrenia, or depression. If kept unchecked, today’s anhedonia in kids is surfacing due to unbridled digital stimuli.
This tends to result in a loss of critical, constructive, and creative thinking skills; another American epidemic. During my time with the kids at Shepherds Hill Academy I have seen teens that know how to build a computer from the ground up, yet could not tie their own shoes.
One solution is to limit your teens digital stimuli.
Has your child’s critical, constructive, and creative thinking skills diminished?