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Permanent Link: Emotional Training Helps Kids Fight Depression: NPR

Posted Jan 20 2010 12:00am

If a person tends to see small disappointments as catastrophes or failures, they can become depressed or anxious. It’s a common trick our minds can play on us, as children and as adults. But once thoughts are more aligned with reality, emotional responses can change for the better.

Gillham and her colleagues have developed a curriculum aimed at teaching middle-school students specific strategies to challenge these thought patterns and manage stress. It’s backed by 15 years of research that shows the benefits of this strategy. It’s called resilience training, and it can be as powerful as taking antidepressant medicines. Read the rest of the story

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