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Beyond Raging Hormones: The Tinderbox in the Teenage Brain

“Youth are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.” —Aristotle “In adolescence, physical health is approaching its peak. Adolescents are not only bigger and stronger than children, but also show developmental increases in a wide range of mental and physical abilities, including reaction time, reasoning skills, problem solving, immune function, and capacity to cope with...
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Social development during puberty

 I think the social environment has been the biggest change for the world in which our children are growing up. The Internet and Social media expose our children to a world stage that we never experienced as youths. Through the ages parents have complained about their children’s clothes, choice of music and exposure to drugs, alcohol...
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Hormone affects how teens’ brains control emotions

"As adolescents mature, rising testosterone gives their brains more control over emotions Using scans of brain activity, scientists were able to show that how teens’ brains process emotions changes as they mature.(Testosterone is released in both boys and girls) Adolescence can mean facing the emotional challenges of adults for the first time. But what part of a...
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Hormonal changes during puberty

 A popular view is that the puberty phase is difficult because of hormones. The truth is that hormones definitely play a part but it is only a small part of a bigger whole. So lets look at hormones. “To begin, it is essential to realize that puberty itself is a process with multiple components, including...
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Impact of alcohol on the developing brain

I think it is really important to understand what the impact of alcohol is on the developing brain. We know the law says you can only buy alcohol legally when you are 18 but culturally children start drinking at a much younger age. A really concerning issue is the binge drinking that is such a...
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Emotional impact of puberty

 Most parents will agree that the emotional intensity of their child is the thing they struggle with the most. The moodiness is difficult to keep track of and to understand. “One important aspect of adolescent emotional development, all too familiar to parents, teachers, and others who have to deal regularly with teenagers, is a natural proclivity...
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