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Parenting Guidance to support the Mental Health of you and your child(ren).

Please note this page is a new work in progress. It will continue to evolve and bring you more guidance related to supporting the mental wellbeing of children and their adults. 

Surgeon General says 13 is 'too early' to join social media

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still “developing their identity.” Meta, Twitter, and a host of other social media giants currently allow 13-year-olds to join their platforms. “I, personally, based on the data I’ve seen, believe that 13 is too early … It’s a time where it’s really important for us to be thoughtful about what’s going into how they think about their own self-worth and their relationships and the skewed and often distorted environment of social media often does a disservice to many of those children,” Murthy said on “CNN Newsroom.”

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Updated 8:08 PM EST, Sun January 29, 2023

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Exercise improves Depression by increasing Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a neurochemical necessary for emotional and cognitive function.

Short, high intensity interval workouts (HIIT) can be more beneficial fewer times per week than less rigorous/strenuous exercise.

DPT Cristy Phillips, writes that Exercise Improves depression by increasing Brain-derived neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is necessary for emotional and cognitive function. Both antidepressants and physical activity optimize BDNF In key brain regions, promoting neuronal health and working together to improve and enhance the response your body will have from pharmacotherapy (medications). Together, they significantly decrease the rate of treatment-resistant depression and increase rate of remission of depression.

Several studies suggest that exercise interventions that combine multiple modalities (e.g., aerobic and strength-training activities) are more effective at enhancing emotional and cognitive health in humans in comparison to those that emphasize aerobic activities alone.  Colcombe and Kramer reported that persons who participated in aerobic and strength-training activities exhibited higher gains in cognition in comparison to those who participated in aerobic activities alone.  Smith and colleagues reported that interventions that consisted of aerobic and strength-training activities improved attention, processing speed, and working memory to a greater extent than aerobic exercise alone in both healthy individuals and those with neurodegeneration.

[Phillips C. Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Depression, and Physical Activity: Making the Neuroplastic Connection. Neural Plast. 2017;2017:7260130. doi:10.1155/2017/7260130]

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