Why do you need Mental Health ...

Every day we learn of suicide and individuals engaging in mass murder. Most of these individuals actually suffer from mental illness. From the youngest to the oldest all are at risk when it comes to mental illness. So what do we do in times like this? We provide Mental Health First Aid. Mental Health First […]

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When does Psychological First ...

  The world is going through a crisis. From disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, traumatic events, ongoing discrimination towards sections of society, criminal activities etc. causes a large number of victims and affected family members of such victims undergo a major psychological breakdown. At times like this Psychological First Aid helps to prevent their health from […]

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Mental Health First Aid

In a first aid an injured person is given essential help until a professional medical treatment is given. The main aim of a first aid is to save life, prevent any kind of further harm, promote recovery and provide comfort. Mental health first aid (MHFA) does the same for individual developing mental health problems. Mental […]

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What are the other medical pro...

Dementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or […]

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Say No to Cocaine in all forms...

We live in a world where taking cocaine is trendier than fashion. Its availability and use is not limited to a certain class of the society or an age group. The ‘Happening’ drug is easily available at the hidden corner of the street nearby. Whether it is to boost self-esteem or just succumbing to peer-pressure, […]

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Technology: How Healthy is it for Children

kids_261808046851_640x360When British Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, penned his now immortalized, the most popular line in “The Rainbow” poem: ‘The Child is Father of The Man’, he had perhaps little inkling about the way technology was going to impact the childhood of modern-day ‘Man’.

The beautifully written poem is in a way celebration of nature and how exposure to it during formative childhood days plays such an important role when a child grows up to become a man or woman.

The childhood of a boy or girl born any time after 2004 inevitably will make up of smart class gadgets in schools, mobiles and latest play station games versions, cartoons on HD television, Home PCs and a Wi-Fi enabled virtual world of their own on the web.

Obsession with technology

It has been proved now that unbridled childhood pre-occupation with modern technological gadgets and gizmos, without being exposed to the heat and dust of the real world outside, throws a spanner in the natural growth and mental development process of a child. Parental intervention helps deal with many of the mental and physical issues associated with excessive use of technology by children.

Disturbing picture

A recent survey conducted by ASSOCHM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) has pointed out:

  • About 82% of kids in the 5-14 age category have their own mobile phone, tablet, iPad, etc.
  • Nearly 82% of kids aged 5 to 12 especially in metropolitan cities and using electronic devices can suffer from social isolation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, obesity and mental health problems

Impact chart

Sedentary bodies exposed to long hours of chaotic sensory stimulation:

  • Delaying attainment of child development milestones
  • Jeopardizing basic foundation skills for achieving literacy
  • Kids bound to fast paced life struggling with self–regulation in school
  • Attention skills necessary for learning are being dented
  • Excessive use of mobile phones makes teenagers more restless
  • Excessive use of mobile phone results in sleep disorders and stress
  • End result of all-significant behavior management problems for class teachers

What to do?

Inform youngsters about:

  • Negative impact of excessive use of technology on sleep-wake pattern
  • Cognitive and attention problem resulting in serious health issues
  • Stress allowed to build up through overuse of technology impacts sleep

Codes of Healthy Child development

Sensory inputs like movement, touch, human connection and exposure to nature helps:

  • Normal child development
  • Development of postures
  • Development of bilateral coordination
  • Development of optimal arousal states
  • Development of self-regulation necessary for achieving basic skills for school entry


  • 2-3 hours of daily active rough and tumble play helps to achieve adequate sensory stimulation to vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems.
  • Tactile stimulation received through mooching, hugging and play helps development of praxis, or planned movement patterns.
  • Touch also activates the parasympathetic system lowering cortisol, adrenalin and anxiety.
  • Exposing to nature and “green space” has a calming influence on children, restores attention, promotes learning process


Cadabam’s Group has over 23 years of experience child and adolescent psychiatry. Its team of psychiatrists, psychologists and healthcare professionals have the experience to diagnose and treat psychological issues in children and adolscent. For any help, you can reach out to: +91-97414-76476 or visit: www.cadabamshospitals.com