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Emotional Dysregulation in Adolescents: Implications for the Development of Severe Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors

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NHS, Department of Mental Health, Psychiatric Service for Diagnosis and Treatment, Hospital “G. Mazzini”, ASL 4, 64100 Teramo, Italy
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Department of Psychiatry, Federico II University, 80138 Naples, Italy
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Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit, School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL109AB, UK
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Unit of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of Clinical Neurosciences/DIMSC, Polytechnic University of Ancona, 60126 Ancona, Italy
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Department of Psychiatry, University of Foggia, 71121 Foggia, Italy
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Department of Neurosciences and Imaging, University “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti, 66100 Chieti, Italy
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Brain Sci. 2020, 10(9), 591; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10090591
Received: 16 August 2020 / Accepted: 23 August 2020 / Published: 26 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Collection on Systems Neuroscience)
Well-tuned emotional regulation is fundamental for human life and psychological well-being. Negative physiological emotions are counterbalanced by positive ones, and this equilibrium is the mainstay of human physiological affective states. However, this mechanism may sometimes become dysfunctional when negative emotions are not correctly counterbalanced, causing maladaptive behaviors, especially during adolescence. A very interesting review by Young et al. was recently published (Brain Sci.2019, 9(4), 76) and stimulated us to reflect on this topic. The screening for emotional disturbances and dysregulation in adolescents must be included in all the preventive and interventional programs aimed to achieve both physical and psychological well-being of the population and early intervention should be provided in order to avoid progression toward clinically relevant psychiatric disorders in late adolescence and adulthood. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescence; emotions; regulation; anxiety; depression; suicidal ideation; addiction; alexithymia; prevention adolescence; emotions; regulation; anxiety; depression; suicidal ideation; addiction; alexithymia; prevention
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De Berardis, D.; Fornaro, M.; Orsolini, L.; Ventriglio, A.; Vellante, F.; Di Giannantonio, M. Emotional Dysregulation in Adolescents: Implications for the Development of Severe Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Abuse, and Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 591.

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