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



TEEN BRAIN:          

                               RESEARCH  * THEORY  *  APPLICATION

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)
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


                                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
Helping Teens Set and Reach                                                                                                 Their Goals – Dr. Cheryl Olson
How to Help Teens Set Effective                                                                                              Goals (Tips & Templates) – Big Life ..


                               MIND   *   BODY  ISSUES

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
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
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
American Addiction Centers Resource
Beyond Opioids: Other Options for                                                                                        Treating Chronic Pain
Why the Gay and Transgender                                                                                           Population Experiences Higher                                                                                                     Rates of Substance Abuse
https://online.maryville.edu/                                                                                                healthcare-degrees/smoking-                                                                                                   among-college-students/
FOOD: Food Addiction: Misc. Eating                                                                                           Disorders explained w/ helpful links
Teenagers with Eating Disorders                                                                                                  Help and Treatment for Teens

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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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