The ability to identify and control our emotions is such an important skill in life. Adolescence is a time when the brain circuits regulating our emotions begin to strengthen. However, adolescence is also a time when a number of mental illnesses can arise in youth, including anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. We also know that having a history of significant adversity in one’s life can increase risk for developing one of these mental illnesses. But, we don’t know enough about how brain development is different in kids who have anxiety and depression, nor how childhood adversity might affect adolescent brain development. If we can better understand brain development in this critical phase of life, then hopefully we can develop better preventions and treatments down the road to help kids at risk for mental illness.
- We are looking for kids to help us out and participate in this three year study to answer these questions.
Specifically, we need healthy kids with no history of mental illness, as well as kids with anxiety, depression, or PTSD between the ages of 10-16.
Please note that your child is not eligible if he/she is taking a medication for mental health problems, or if he/she has braces.
Learn more at the:
Online Screening Form
Or contact us by email or phone with specific questions.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you! —The BRAVE Research Team