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The adolescent brain: vulnerability to mood and anxiety disorders

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Adolescence represents a period of vulnerability for a number of psychological problems, possible because of dramatic changes in the brain coupled with wider changes in the social environment. Two common problems are anxiety and depression. In this talk, I explore the possibility that adolescent immaturity in brain circuitry functions may explain poorer capacity to regulate negative emotions. In some individuals, this may lead to exaggerated and persistent negative emotions, such as those characterising anxiety and depression. Possible cognitive re-training strategies to regulate emotions in adolescents are discussed.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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