Dr. Archibald Hart claims that virtually 80% of teens have anhedonia.
One question to ask: Is anhedonia linked to depression?
To know that answer, we have to ask some more questions.
Is your teen easily bored?
Do activities that used to bring pleasure no longer delight him?
Does he often seem lethargic, sullen or depressed?
There’s a good chance he’s experiencing a condition known as anhedonia.
Although the symptoms of anhedonia can mimic these common maladies, anhedonia is a destruction of the pleasure center in the brain; which, in recent times, often develops as a result of unbridled multitasking on amusements–particularly digital devices.
It’s literally a 21st century phenomenon.
Unfortunately, medication, instead of moderation, is often prescribed to our kids when these symptoms occur.
The good news is that anhedonia is reversible, but parents need to be more proactive by putting stricter limits on our children’s techno use.
Conversation Starter: How can you creatively offer other activities to your kids besides those that involve technology?