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Social Media Use Linked To Increases In Adolescent Depressive Symptoms

Social media use and television viewing are linked to increases in adolescent depressive symptoms, a new study by a team of CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal scientists indicates. The research revealed that a higher than average frequency of social media and television viewing over four years predicts more severe symptoms of depression over that […]

In Adolescence, Negative Emotions Are Less Distinct

Adolescents don’t distinguish between negative emotions as readily as younger children and adults in their 20s do, according to new research. The work offer insight into how experiences of emotion vary at different ages and why adolescence may be a particularly vulnerable period in emotional development. “We found a pretty interesting developmental trajectory when it […]

How Perfectionism Can Lead To Depression In Students

The pressures of young adulthood coupled with the demands of university leave undergraduates at risk for depressive symptoms. In fact, nearly 30% of undergraduates suffer from depressive symptoms, which is threefold higher than the general population. As such, researchers are increasingly interested in identifying factors that contribute to depressive symptoms to help curb the ever-increasing […]

Do Teenagers Emotional Brains Have An Evolutionary Purpose?

Mood swings, raging impatience, delusions of immortality. All the things that make a teenager a teenager might just seem like a phase we all have to go through. But research increasingly shows that the behaviors of teenagers aren’t just there to annoy parents, they serve a real evolutionary purpose. What is a teenager? Our standard […]

Gender Differences in Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder

Depression has different effects on the brain activity of teenage male and female patients in certain brain regions, researchers in the UK have found. Men and women appear to suffer from depression differently, and this is particularly striking in adolescents. By 15 years of age, girls are twice as likely to suffer from depression as […]