Mastering Your Teen’s Mental Health

Lack of sleep and exercise, too much TV affects teens’ mental health


In these modern times, it can be hard to prise away teenagers from the clutches of TV or video games. Now, new research suggests that high media use, combined with low physical activity and lack of sleep, may increase the risk of mental illness for adolescents. The researchers analyzed the participants for the prevalence of risk behaviors – such as excessive alcohol use, illegal drug use, reduced sleep, sedentary behavior and high use of TV, internet and video games not related to school or work – using a questionnaire called the Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS).

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