Brain Development In Adolescent Children

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Did you know that your brain development during adolescence could be affected by your emotional well being and how you feel about yourself? It has been shown time and again that the way a person views themselves affects their brain development. And, most people forget whenever someone sees an adolescent behaving badly, they usually forget that their own emotional well being is not being met. And, this has caused many children to suffer from some emotional problems that can be taken care of if the issue is dealt with at an early age.

Brain Development Of Teens

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Teens should be viewed as a special category of persons. They have different brain development going on at different times and with varying levels of emotional development. Some adolescents have the ability to think and reason more than others. In other words, there are different strategies that they use to solve their problems.

There are also those who are very emotional and feel nothing but emotions at the core of their being. These are the “emotionally immature” teenagers. They tend to be difficult and challenging for any parent to handle. It has been noted by researchers that there is a link between brain development and emotions. There are studies that have shown that teenagers with low self esteem and poor coping skills are more likely to be diagnosed with mood disorders or depression in adulthood.

Addiction In Teens

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Some teens who are prone to developing these problems may turn to drugs and alcohol as a means of dealing with emotional issues that they feel unable to deal with on their own. However, that is only one form of “addiction” that they engage in. The real problem is that they do not just develop these addictions because they feel they can’t handle some of their anger or emotions. It’s rather the opposite. Their brains were wired differently so that they can better handle the stress of these emotional issues.

Adolescence in itself is a very exciting time in life. But there is no reason that you should encourage your children to engage in activities or behaviors that can prematurely reduce their brain development and stunt their potential later in life. If your adolescent is struggling with school work, relationships, or having trouble in class, take them to see a family counselor or teacher for help. There are professionals available who can help your teenager or adult child overcome the challenges of adolescence.

Factors Cause Brain Damage In Teenagers

Teenagers can suffer brain damage from a variety of factors, including poor nutrition, exposure to toxins, and brain trauma. Teens who perform poorly in school or exhibit other behavioral problems can also be affected. But it is often the case that the actual cause for their problems comes from somewhere else, such as a family history of brain injury or abuse. Very few people realize the risk that a teen who engages in drug or alcohol abuse carries. When brain injuries are severe enough, they can lead to brain damage that can be life threatening.


These problems can be devastating to many teenagers. Fortunately, there are many professionals who understand the importance of brain development to overall health and well-being, and they can help your teen or adult child overcome the challenges that life often presents. In fact, there are many programs available to help your teen or adult child with brain damage overcome adversity, and live a healthy and productive life.

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