Teen Brain & Helpful Links
The Teen Brain

Regardless of whether you are presently a teenager; are able to remember being one, or are a parent of one, you might agree that the experience is/was much “….like nailing Jell-o to a tree.” From any perspective, adolescence often manifests itself as a period of confusion; a challenge cloaked in mystery and frustration while attempting to comprehend its modus operandi. Poet and professor, John Anthony Ciardi stated that, “You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.”

This pursuit to comprehend the apparent ambiguities manifested during the teen years remains as active today as it did for Aristotle. He observed that, “The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.” However, there appears to be a breakthrough on the horizon compliments of advances in the technology of brain imaging. Currently, there are research studies devoted specifically to seeking solutions to solving this ancient bewilderment in relation to adolescent thinking.

In her article, “This is your brain on adolescence…..” Rachel Tompa, provides a glimpse into some of the initial findings of this new area of research.

“Every parent of a teenager is familiar with the special behavior that puberty seems to induce – mood swings, slammed doors, rash decisions. Parents often blame such erratic temperament on surging adolescent hormones, but it turns out that the brain has something to do with it, too. Specifically, a teen’s prefrontal cortex – the piece of brain right behind the forehead that is involved in complex decision making – is not capable of the kind of reasoning that allows most grown-ups to make rational decisions.” 1

One of our long range goals for Cole’s Memorial Fund is to encourage research and education in understanding what makes the teen brain tick? Without question, it is an issue that has consequences for us all.
— A. M. Ballay

Resources

***TEEN BRAIN & HELPFUL LINKS ***

TEEN BRAIN: 

RESEARCH  * THEORY  *  APPLICATION

Dana Foundation (Exploring the Brain)

Dana Fdn. Resources

Center on the Developing Child,  HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Institute For Safe Families – The Amazing Brain

USE IT OR LOSE IT:The Adolescent Brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious  workings of the adolescent brain (TED)

Precocious Puberty

Early Puberty: Signs, Treatments & possible Effects:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Early Puberty: Causes and Consequences  WebMD

Dr. Laurence Steinberg:

TWITTER: DR. STEINBERG

one of the world’s leading experts on adolescence

MINDSHIFT: Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential  of the Adolescent Brain

The Essential Guide to Adolescence  Ages 10-25: Teenage Behavior

Why Adolescence Is a Minefield  that Affects Our Whole Lives

Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence

Vulnerabilities and Opportunities:  New Insights Into the Adolescent Brain by Kayt Sukel, March 8, 2012

What Were You Thinking?! –Understanding the Neurobiology…

The Teenage Brain, Episode 3, PBS

The Female Brain in Adolescence

DRUG ADDICTION & TEEN BRAIN

ADULT:    MENTORING YOUTH  *  Positive Methods:

Dr. Mike Bradley:

http://www.doctormikebradley.com/

How to Help Your Teen Live Up To Their Potential Crazy Stressed

The Ultimate Parenting Resource – Teens

The Essential Guide to Adolescence  Ages 10-25: Teenage Behavior

Laurence Steinberg – Age of  Opportunity

MINDSHIFT: Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

Dr. Walsh, Mind Positive Parenting

Szabo Talks About Behind Happy Faces

JOSH SHIPP:

Josh Shipp, Helping Adults Understand Teens  &  Teens Understand Themselves

Video #1: What To Do When a Teen Acts Out

Video #2: Annoyances Are Assets in Disguise

Video #3: The Power of ONE Caring Adult

Helping Teens Set and Reach Their Goals – Dr. Cheryl Olson

How to Help Teens Set Effective Goals (Tips & Templates) – Big Life ..

Addiction Counselor Education: https://addiction-counselor.org/

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:           

Preventing and Recognizing Teen Misuse in Teens

https://www.reviews.com/home/security-systems/protect-prescriptions/

 

How to Get Teens to Stop Vaping

 

Dangers and understanding vaping risks “Registered Nurse” resources

 Recall Report Organization: Latest info on safe products for all ages

ADOLESCENT:      

 MIND   *   BODY  ISSUES

POSITIVE PATHS:

YOGA, Meditation & Exercise:

JOY Wellness Yoga and Healing Arts

Helpful Guide for Yoga Your Way, essay by heila Johnson

Well Sheila Course Info and blog

How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room

Addiction Recovery Through Yoga

Why Exercise Helps Promote Addiction Recovery

How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room

 

 Helping Yourself to Greater Health Happiness

 

 TED under 20 – Talks from scientists, musicians, innovators  – all in their teens. Watch these amazing wunderkinds.

Setting & Achieving Goals | Life & Stress Issues for Teens

Stress and Time Management

Smart Goal Setting for Teens

Learn How to Become

RECALL REPORT ORG:  Mental Health resources

The Stages of Sleep

How Does Sleep Work?

Sleep Help’s Full Collection of Resources

 

5 Ways to Get Better Sleep in Addiction Recovery

Establishing a Fitness Routine in Recovery

 

FUTURE “BECOMING…?) 

University HQ:

 “Learn How to Become Guide”

https://www.teachingdegrees.com/careers-for-students
https://www.socialworkdegrees.org/careers-for-students

DETOURS:

 

 

SUBSTANCE ABUSE:

Why We Should Treat, Not  Blame Addicts Struggling   to Get ‘Clean’

Teenage Troubles: Addressing the Unique Treatment Needs…

Teen Addiction

Help for Teen Abuse

https://alcoholaddictioncenter.org/ alcoholism-resources/

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

DRUG ADDICTION & TEEN BRAIN

Top Furlong, Pa Addiction Recovery Centers: Reviews & Ratings

http://www.rehabs.com/local/furlong-pa/

13 Valuable Alternative Treatments for Addiction

https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/Addiction isn’t a choice, and people suffering from it need help to recover. Effective treatment

 

ONLINE REHAB: Resource Guide: https://decisiondata.org/news/online-rehab/

American Addiction Centers Resource

 

Types of Therapy

 

What are the Treatment Options?

RECOVERY HOPE

Beyond Opioids: Other Options for Treating Chronic Pain

7 Signs You’re Exercising Too Much

Why the Gay and Transgender Population Experiences Higher Rates of Substance Abuse

https://online.maryville.edu/ healthcare-degrees/smoking- among-college-students/

SEXUAL ASSAULT & VIOLENCE

Prevention Connect Org.  (project of Cal Coalition…)

SUICIDE & CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS www.RehabSpot.com/Treatment/Co-Occurring-Disorders/Suicide.

FOOD:

Food Addiction: Misc. Eating  Disorders explained w/ helpful links

Sugar Addiction in Sobriety: Why It Happens + 13 Tips How to Break It

Teenagers with Eating Disorders Help and Treatment for Teens 

GENERAL GUIDES:

Consumer Safety Guide Our mission is to keep you informed and help you make the most educated decisions about your health care!

American Addiction Centers: comprehensive guide on rehab

 

University HQ “Learn How to Become Guide”

Resources for Before and After College

Learn How to Become – Careers Today

Sleep:  Insomnia During Drug and Alcohol Recovery

1 This is your brain on adolescence MRI studies of teenage brain show why kids act before they think, By Rachel Tompa, Media Relations | 16 October 2008
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2008/10/16_neurolaw.shtml

 

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