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




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
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, 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/


Preventing and Recognizing Teen Misuse in Teens
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



self-harm: https://socalsunrisemh.com/what-is-self-harm-signs-and-causes/



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


University HQ:

“Learn How to Become Guide”



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
Top Furlong, Pa Addiction Recovery Centers: Reviews & Ratings
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?
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


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“On behalf of Cole’s family & friends, GRAZIE for your interest and support!”