How Stress Causes Anxiety & Depression in Youth

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Adolescence is a time of rapid emotional growth, and the stress of the many life changes that occur during the teen years can often give rise to anxiety and depression. Although this phenomenon is well-known, the biological mechanisms underlying this process are still poorly understood.

Dr. Katie McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington (Now at Harvard), has won the 2015 One Mind / AIM Rising Star Research Award to investigate these mechanisms. One Mind’s thanks go to its chapter AIM for Mental Health for funding this award. McLaughlin’s innovative proposal, “Neural Mechanisms of Stress Vulnerability Underlying Anxiety and Depression in Youth”, employs neuroimaging and mobile-device-enabled monitoring to better understand the biology linking the stress of adolescent life with the development of anxiety and depression. She appeared on Brain Waves October 28 to October 30, 2015, to discuss her research and answer questions. Please enjoy the interview and the comments below. Comments are now closed. -Brandon


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