Course Overview

Physiology, Symptoms, and Reversal of Screen Time Impacts

This talk will explore the physiological impact of screen time, including its impact on mood regulation, focus, social skills, and sleep, as well as, neuropsychiatric and behavioral issues. Techniques to improve "digital side effects" will be presented through case studies, such as screen fasting.
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2022 Annual Conference

October 28-30, 2022

Required Lessons

1 lesson with video, quiz, and evaluation

Time to Complete

57 minutes

CME Eligible*

1 credit(s)

Detailed Course Info

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Course Description
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 Course Description

What is this course about?

This talk will explore how screen time overstimulates and detunes the developing nervous system by altering brain chemistry, circadian rhythms, stress hormones, blood flow and more. These changes in turn impact mood regulation, focus, social skills, and sleep, triggering a variety of neuropsychiatric and behavior issues. Fortunately, these "digital side effects" can be reversed with a methodical screen fast which simultaneously clarifies diagnosis and improves overall functioning. Case studies and clinical pearls will be shared.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 
The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other healthcare professionals completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. 
To successfully earn credit, participants must review the content, complete a quiz with a score of 75% or higher, and submit an evaluation. This course is CME-eligible ending on October 31, 2024. After this date, you will continue to have access to your purchased content, however you will no longer be able to claim CME credits for your participation in the course.

California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241

This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 and 241, which require CME activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency & implicit bias. It is the intent of AB 1195 and AB 241 to encourage physicians and surgeons, CME providers in the State of California, and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population and reduce health disparities through appropriate professional development. Please see the CME website,, for AB 1195 and AB 241 resources.
For questions about CME credit, please contact us at The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and/or the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine.
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 Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners will be able to...

  • Describe screen time's impacts on the nervous system in terms of brain chemistry, the body clock, and stress hormones.
  • Describe how screen time's physiological impacts translate into symptoms related to mood, focus, sleep and social behavior.
  • Implement and/or prescribe an "electronic fast" (screen fast) to help clarify diagnoses, shift family dynamics, and determine a baseline for screen time tolerability -- all while improving social competence, executive function.

What's included in this course?

This course includes the following:
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  • Video Recording
  • Downloadable Audio
  • Speaker Handout(s)
  • Quiz
  • Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

Meet Your Faculty

Victoria Dunckley, MD, ABPN, AACAP

Victoria Dunckley, MD, is an award-winning integrative child psychiatrist based at the Centre for Life in Los Angeles. She is an internationally recognized expert on the impact of screen-time on the developing brain, and a leading voice regarding screen-time’s influence on misdiagnosis and overprescribing in children. Recently named one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists,” Dr. Dunckley and her work have been featured on such media outlets as CNN, Psychology Today, NBC Nightly News, NPR, and Good Morning America. She is the author of the groundbreaking book Reset Your Child’s Brain, now published in eleven languages.


No financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.

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This course is self-paced with no set beginning or end date. You may complete this course on your own schedule and pace. Enrolling in and purchasing this course grants you access to its contents in perpetuity. All required course activities must be completed to earn any eligible continuing education credit(s) and obtain a certificate of completion for this course.