In this masterclass, leading addiction psychologist Dr. Don Grant and therapist Mandy Saligari will help us understand and limit the often devastating impact of digital devices and social media on our children, families, and ourselves.
The 21st century “drug of choice” isn’t an illicit chemical: it’s digital technology.
Digital devices and social media were sold to us with the promise of enriching communication and intimate connection. But as these new technologies become ubiquitous in our daily lives, their dark side is impossible to ignore.
Teens struggling with device management report lower levels of self-esteem and suffer from more anxiety and depression; couples report lower levels of relationship and life satisfaction. Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, suicide, addiction, poor memory, concentration and attention are reaching epidemic proportions, and increasingly, research is showing a correlation between these issues and our relationship with devices and social media.
These new technologies have changed our brain chemistry to prime us for addiction and increasingly take the place of real human contact, sleep and exercise. They can have a hugely detrimental effect on our mental health and brain development, and crucially, on that of our children and adolescents.
Psychologist Dr. Don Grant, one of the world’s top experts on technology and addiction, and Mandy Saligari, a leading expert in parenting and addiction, unpack the effects of our unhealthy relationship with devices and social media, and provide us with invaluable strategies and tools for healthier device management and good digital citizenship.
Whether you’re a concerned parent, mentor to members of the “iGeneration”, or simply fanatical about Facebook and keen to reclaim some headspace, don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from two leading experts on the psychology of addictive technologies.
In Association with MindHealth360
MindHealth360 is a global not-for-profit dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources on integrative mental health and functional medicine psychiatry to those suffering from common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor attention and memory, etc… their friends, family and health practitioners.
MindHealth360 believes that mental health issues can only be sustainably healed by following an integrative and functional medicine approach to mental health which treats the root causes (the biochemical, psycho-spiritual, and lifestyle factors) of mental health symptoms.