I just spotted this article featuring an OHSU expert, and being the father of a soon-to-be teen, it really interested me.
Have you ever wondered why teens are so angry?
In some ways–teens and adults do speak different languages, says Ajit Jetmalani, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Ore. Blame it on the brain. Teenagers process, respond and react differently than their parents because of the way they’re wired.
“Adolescents depend mostly on the [brain's] limbic system … to regulate emotions,” Jetmalani says. “Adults are using the frontal lobes.”
The article goes on to provide some interesting tips on how to communicate with your teen. I better hold on to this one.
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