1/6/15: Free Public Lecture on Teenage Mood Dysregulation

Free Public Lecture:
The Developing Brain, Teenage Mood Dysregulation, and What We Can Do to Help
with Eva Henje Blom, MD, PhD

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
6:00 to 7:30 PM

UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco

Teenage emotional dysregulation is an increasing problem in the US, with a current lifetime prevalence for anxiety disorders at 32%, and for mood disorders 14%. These issues can often have severe consequences of lifelong recurrent episodes, personal suffering, increased risk of poor health outcomes and suicide, as well as societal costs. Anti-depressant medication, as well as current psychological treatment methods, show limited effect in this population and have so far not successfully halted this epidemic.

evaUCSF researcher Eva Henje Blom, MD, PhD, is a child psychiatrist specializing in teenage anxiety, depression and stess-related disorders. She is also a certified instructor of yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She is currently doing neuroscience research using fMRI to study the developing brain and the neuro-circuitry implicated in anxiety and depression in teenagers. Dr Henje Blom has developed a novel treatment model for teenage anxiety, depression and stress, called TARA, “Training for Awareness, Resilience, and Action,” a 12-week group program which currently being tested at UCSF.

This lecture is relevant for parents, teachers, therapists and anyone who wants to learn more about cutting-edge neuroscience of the developing brain and teenage depression. Flyers  and recruitment information for the TARA research study that begins January 15, 2015 will be available at this lecture.

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