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Are depressive and anxiety disorders visible in the adolescent brain?

Are depressive and anxiety disorders visible in the adolescent brain?

Adolescence is a period in life during which many changes occur. For most adolescents these changes just happen and have no further detrimental implications for their daily live. However, for some adolescents this period is not without consequences. Video.

Differences in brain activation

Bianca van den Bulk investigated the differences in brain activation between adolescents with depressive and anxiety disorders and adolescents without psychiatric disorders. Does the brain of adolescents with depressive and anxiety disorders work differently than the brain of normally developing adolescents? And what is the influence of treatment or change in symptomatology on brain activity? Watch the video (in Dutch).

PhD Defence

Bianca van den Bulk - The Affective Amygdala: towards a better understanding of adolescent depressive and anxiety disorders

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