Teen Counseling Mental Health Phoenix

As well, studies of video game repetitive play daily have shown their brains develop differently: more than one hour a day of gaming appears to enlarge areas responsible for memory and visual-spacial skills, but diminish areas of the brain responsible for speech, memory, emotions, and areas responsible for inhibiting impulsive behavior. Do you really want your child thinking about killing people for one hour? Two Hours? Eight hours per day? There are many other activities that can be substituted for gaming.

Chronic stress is also proving to permanently alter brain development, increasing the size of the amygdala, which governs emotions, and reducing the size of the hippocampus. The end result may be a brain that is wired for anxiety, depression and learning disabilities.

Alcohol, for instance, can affect the developing teen brain in myriad negative ways: causing potentially permanent damage to the hippocampus, which helps the brain form long-term memories, a critical aspect of learning. American researchers have also found that teens who started drinking before the age of 12 were five times more likely to become alcoholics later in life than those who held off until age 25.

Recent studies have linked smoking in teens to alcohol abuse, which itself has a devastating effect on both memory and intelligence. And it turns out smoking pot may be far worse for the teen brain than previously thought. Recent studies have linked regular marijuana use in adolescence to smaller brain volume and more damage to white matter. Smoking daily before the age of 17 has been shown to reduce verbal IQ and increase the risk of depression. This can be a particular problem for teens with ADHD, who researchers have found are far more likely to abuse both cigarettes and marijuana than other teenagers.

Substance abuse can interfere with brain development in ways that can make teens more vulnerable to mental illness or even lower their IQ. Researchers have shown that students with higher levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, in their bodies perform worse on cognitive tests. Smoking also seems to be related to less-active prefrontal cortexes in teens and appears to damage parts of the brain that produce serotonin, and lower levels of seratonin are linked to depression.

Many scientists believe teens don’t act out because they have immature brains struggling to navigate an adult world, but because they have adult brains railing against a society that treats them like children.

Here are tips to work with your defiant teen or child.

  • Your child feels misunderstood.
  • Your child is emotionally immature . The child lacks skills to manage feelings and solve problems effectively .
  • Your child wants to hear you understand him even though he can not verbalize this information .
  • Yelling will increase defiance .
  • It is important to understand why you Yell so you can reduce this behavior.
  • Do not try to win in arguments you are simply fueling more defiance .
  • Break free of thoughts that keep you arguing with your child.
  • Present yourself as calm yet firm .
  • Praise and recognize positive behavior changes .
  • Encourage your child’s efforts .
  • Reinforce your positive parenting efforts .
  • Develop relationship beyond chores and school .
Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.