Sept. 23, 2022

Fresh Take: Donna Jackson Nakazawa on Helping Our Daughters Thrive

Stress affects the female brain very differently from the male brain, especially at puberty. Donna Jackson Nakazawa tells us about the increased rates of anxiety and depression in girls–and what we can do about it– in her new book GIRLS ON THE BRINK.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning science journalist whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and emotion. Her latest book, GIRLS ON THE BRINK: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media, unpacks the causes of the stress on American girls and its detrimental effects on their mental health.

Donna, Margaret, and Amy discuss:

  • Why girls tend to be more depressed and anxious than boys [2:07]
  • How we've stolen girls' "safe in-between years" [17:30]
  • "Antidote" strategies for helping girls through adolescence [26:30]

Here's where you can find Donna:

@donnajacksonnakazawaauthor on Facebook

Buy Donna's book!

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