Understanding the Teenage Brain

Mental health, as the name suggests, is our health mentally, which is to say, has to do with our brain. And just like our bodies, our brains are constantly changing and growing, particularly in childhood and adolescence.

You probably know that puberty, in short, kinda sucks. Everything feels strange, you’re getting acne and hair in weird places, and the awkward phase is in full swing. And then there are the mood swings, wanting to stay up later, and that need to feel seen as your own person and come across as independent.

The brain doesn’t fully stop developing until your mid-twenties, and even though anyone is vulnerable to mental illness at any point, researchers are finding that the adolescent brain may have a stronger link

While the videos below don’t specifically talk about the link between adolescent brain development and mental health, they’re still worth watching to learn more about just exactly why your brain works the way it does, may help you understand why you feel certain things at certain times, and can help explain how the extreme emotions you feel may lead to the stronger effects of mental illness. 

SciShow (by Hank Green of vlogbrothers fame) breaks down different aspects of puberty and what part of our brain and the chemicals involved makes us react the way we do, especially when it comes to the angstier parts. It’s straightforward and he makes a complicated time a lot easier to understand.

The teenage brain explained – SciShow

Teen Mental Health, an organization meant to educate teenagers about their mental health takes a more creative approach and makes you feel like you’re in a sci-fi movie and receiving a software update with your teenage brain. It talks about just how powerful brain is and how entering puberty is just the next step in making it even stronger.

Teen Brain HD – Teen Mental Health

What do you know about the teenage brain? Why do you think teenagers and adolescents are more vulnerable to both the positive and negative effects of mental health?

Moderator ★

Hi! The moderator is a research team member with a background in behavioral health. We're here to help answer your questions and stimulate some great conversation! We don't provide therapy and are not available 24-7 so please if you are in crisis, go to our crisis page: https://sova.pitt.edu/i-need-help-now We look forward to talking to you!

You may also like...

Leave a Reply