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What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder and How Do I Fight It?

In 2005, Richard Louv coined the term nature-deficit disorder. While not a medical diagnosis, the term is meant to describe the steady decline of time spent outdoors by people all over the world, particularly children, and the consequences that come with it. The phrase has garnered much attention among psychologists and has sparked movements across the globe that aim to get children more exposure to nature. If you would like to know more about nature-deficit disorder, here are some helpful resources to get you started.


Nature-Deficit Disorder Explained (click on the links below)

 What Is Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Five Symptoms of Nature Deficit Disorder, and How Mindfulness Can Help

Nature-Deficit Disorder: What Kids Lose by Not Experiencing the Outdoors Enough


Outdoor Family Activities (click on the links below)

Five Benefits of a Nature Walk with Your Kids

12 Benefits of Camping: Why Camping Is Good for You

4 Reasons Every Kid Should Fly a Kite

4 Tips When Mountain Biking with Your Child


Activities to Do at Home (click on the links below)

9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

Why Playing Hopscotch Is Important

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Increase Kid Activity Levels with a Backyard Playscape

It’s not difficult to see why the concept of nature-deficit disorder has earned so much attention over the last 15 years. Children — and even adults — are spending much less time outside than they once did, and this doesn’t come without some negative effects on their health and well-being. If you would like to fight this disorder, learn as much as you can about it and prioritize outdoor activities with your kids.

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Jenny Miller
Putting an End to Nature-Deficit Disorder