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A no-cost, nonpharmaceutical treatment plan for children with behavioral and mental health challenges
Increasing numbers of parents grapple with children who are acting out without obvious reason. Revved up and irritable, many of these children are diagnosed with ADHD, bipolar illness, autism, or other disorders but don’t respond well to treatment. They are then medicated, often with poor results and unwanted side effects. Based on emerging scientific research and extensive clinical experience, integrative child psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Dunckley has pioneered a four-week program to treat the frequent underlying cause, Electronic Screen Syndrome (ESS).
Dr. Dunckley has found that everyday use of interactive screen devices such as computers, video games, smartphones, and tablets can easily overstimulate a child’s nervous system, triggering a variety of stubborn symptoms. In contrast, she’s discovered that a strict electronic fast single-handedly improves mood, focus, sleep, and behavior, regardless of the child’s diagnosis.
Offered now in this book, this simple intervention can produce a life-changing shift in brain function all without cost or medication. Dr. Dunckley provides hope for parents who feel that their child has been misdiagnosed or inappropriately medicated, by presenting an alternative explanation for their child’s difficulties and a concrete plan for treating them.
Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. is an integrative child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, public speaker, forensic consultant, and writer/blogger with more than thirteen years of clinical experience. A regular consultant to schools, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and the courts, she specializes in working with children and families who have failed to respond to previous treatments by utilizing both conventional and alternative treatment strategies. Dr. Dunckley lectures regularly to both clinicians and parents on such topics as the effects of the environment on mental health, medication minimization strategies, and the relationship of blood sugar regulation to obesity and mental illness, and is one of the leading psychiatrists practicing integrative, or holistic, psychiatry with children.
A frequent media commentator, Dr. Dunckley has appeared as a mental health expert on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and Shattered (Investigative Discovery Channel). She has been interviewed on Los Angeles’ KFWB News Talk Radio and other local radio and television programs on the subject of screen-time and mental health, and was featured in an upcoming documentary on video games and violence discussing Electronic Screen Syndrome (in production, Glasgow Caledonian University). She is a regular expert blogger/contributor at Psychology Today, and her work has also been featured in various print and online publications, including Dr. Mehmet Oz’s website, Sharecare.com, Empowher.com, New York Parenting, and numerous other sites. In 2011, Dr. Dunckley was named a Patient’s Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Award winner by Vitals.com, and was recognized as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists by the Consumers’ Research Institute in Washington D.C. She has served in multiple professional leadership roles, including Chief Fellow of Child Psychiatry and general councilmember for the Orange County Psychiatric Society, and is an official spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association for issues related to children’s mental health.
Dr. Dunckley received her Medical Doctorate at Albany Medical College in New York after graduating cum laude with a biology degree from the University of California at San Diego, and returned to California to complete her adult and child psychiatry training at U.C. Irvine’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. She was a two-time All-American collegiate athlete in track and field, and athletics has served to supplement her expertise in exercise and movement as important factors in mental health. She is board-certified by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Board of Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Dunckley has practiced privately since 2001 and has successfully treated hundreds of children, adolescents, and young adults with the Reboot Program. She is currently focused on expanding the Reboot Program nationwide and exploring various technological solutions to provide protection from everyday exposure to electronic screens and electromagnetic fields.