How Pediatric Psychiatry Is Changing In The 21st Century

a doctor smiling with a patientThe world today is unlike the thousands of years of human history before it. Internet, smartphones, games, societal pressures, and family dynamics have all shifted our population into uncharted territory. 

As we struggle to adapt to an ever-changing world, our children and teens are often dealing with some of the pitfalls of our modernity. For pediatric psychiatrists, the challenges presented by our current times can be daunting, but we’re learning to adapt through research. 

In this article, we’ll briefly discuss how the field of pediatric psychiatry is changing and may have to adapt in the future. 

Adapting To The Technology Age 

As more and more children are exposed to technology at younger ages, the effects are just now being fully recognized. Longitudinal studies have concluded that early technology use can lead to issues like obesity, behavior problems, and even violence in some extreme cases. 

While it can be easy to simply restrict technology at an early age, the integration of technology into young lives still has to be done carefully as they age. Technology is used as a learning resource for many teachers and schools, so the control over technology exposure may be limited. 

Our psychiatrists are constantly learning and adapting to the latest research, which we transfer along to our patients and their parents. 

Exposure To The World

A good and bad by-product of the constant technology use of children today is their exposure to people, cultures, and ideas from other cultures. In most cases, this is a good thing, allowing children to empathize with and connect to people they would otherwise never interact with decades ago. However, some challenges do arise from this as well.

This exposure can lead to disillusionment with their current environment, as they constantly compare their own circumstances to others. In some instances, like issues with their government or school, it can spur great change. But other forms of comparison can lead to never being satisfied. Seeing other children on vacation or at a concert can elicit feelings of jealousy, which may fester and grow into behavioral problems. 

Talking through and managing those emotions and feelings is crucial to healthy worldviews and feelings as kids grow. 

How SWANP Can Help 

Learn more about the Southwest Association of Nigerian Physicians, and how we adapt to a changing world. Contact us today! 


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