Drop the Dramatics

Kayla Harmon

"My middle school daughter says she's stressed"

  • Stress changes white matter
  • Changes in white matter can cause:
  1. Social aggression
  2. Poor emotional regulation

-James Balm

"People suffering chronic stress are prone to mental problems such as anxiety and mood disorders later in life." -Robert Sanders

"When over stressed the brain produces cortisol, and puts the brain in a constant fight or flight pattern." -Dr. Henry Raroque


  • Abnormalities in white matter are found in mood disorders
  • White matter abnormality causes:
  1. Anxieties
  2. Emotional regulation problems
  3. Schizophrenia
  4. Depression

-James Balm & Christopher Bergland

"white matter abnormalities appears in individuals with bipolar disorder they are concentrated in areas that are responsible for emotional processing" -National Institute of Mental Health