Teen Depression and Emotion Regulation

Researchers at Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois are hopeful that a new strategy for reducing the power of negative events will serve as a treatment for  teen depression and anxiety. They suggest that as negative memories surface, teens should think about the context of the situation which will “rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory,” say researchers. In doing so, the triggering of a negatively emotional memory will become more associated with external factors rather than emotions such as grief, sadness or fear. Further research will need to be done to find how teen depression and anxiety will be affected by emotion regulation long term.

 

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