More Than a Phase: Symptoms of Depression in Teens

Let’s face it, being a teenager can be hard.  Your hormones are all out of balance and you’re growing rapidly, not a child but still not an adult yet.  Adolescence can be difficult and uncomfortable for many people, but where is the line drawn between typical teenage angst and depression.  Depression can become very serious…

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How Trauma Presents Itself In Adolescent Girls

signs of ptsd from childhood trauma

A 2016 Stanford Medicine article discussed that trauma may affect the brains of adolescent girls differently than it does the brains of boys. This study found structural differences between the boys and girls in the insula, a brain region that detects cues from the body and processes emotions and empathy. The insula helps integrate feelings,…

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‘Inside Out’ Paints Vivid Picture of the Adolescent Mind

Pixar’s new movie, Inside Out, paints a vivid picture of the inner workings of adolescent girls’ minds. It explains why children sometimes struggle with events like moving: it’s life-changing at that age. In the movie, the main character/setting, Riley is an 11-year-old girl, who is comfortable where she is and succeeding in school. Then, her…

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Teen Depression: The Rate Is Higher in Girls

New data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests that adolescent girls are three times as likely to develop depression than adolescent boys. Also, the percentage of girls with teen depression triples between the ages of 12 and 15. This means that parents need to watch closely for signs of depression in…

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