Why do teenagers suddenly and unexpectedly become irrational, uncommunicative and emotional? If you’re a parent of a teenager, you may often wonder what happened that even tempered, happy and well-behaved child, who you’ve been caring for and protecting for more than a decade. Who is this person you don’t seem to know? Your child is changing, trying to figure themselves out.Their brain and bodies are undergoing extensive reorganisation. Their inexplicable habits - unprompted emotional outbursts, risky irrational behaviour, addiction to social media, inability to get up in the morning - are not there fault. In large part, they are due to their undeveloped and disconnected brain, which is neither an adult nor a child brain. I discuss the huge changes that happen to teenage brains during adolescence and how these explain many of their habits and behaviours.
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