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Teens who pinpoint emotions better at avoiding depression

“Adolescents who use more granular terms such as ‘I feel annoyed,’ or ‘I feel frustrated,’ or ‘I feel ashamed’ — instead of simply saying ‘I feel bad’– are better protected against developing increased depressive symptoms after experiencing a stressful life event,” Lisa Starr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and study lead author, said in a news release.

This is important because more than 23 percent of high school teens have considered suicide, according to one study.

“Basically you need to know the way you feel, in order to change the way you feel,” Lisa Starr, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and study lead author said.

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