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


                               MIND   *   BODY  ISSUES

POSITIVE PATHS: JOY Wellness Yoga and Healing Arts
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
Establishing a Fitness Routine in Recovery
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
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
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/
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


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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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