The door slamming, the angst, the rebellion; if you’re the parent of a teenager, you’re probably familiar with these things. Adolescents are notorious for their ridiculous teenage mood swings, but is it their fault? Are teenagers supposed to have drastic changes in temper and act impulsively? The answer is yes, within reason.
What causes teenage mood swings?
Adolescence is a period of aggressive change within the human body. The brain is the last organ in the body to mature, and it’s not fully developed until the mid-20s. Dr. Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist, wrote a book on the subject of teenage mood swings titled The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.
In the book, Jensen explains why teenagers take so many risks. It all boils down to the part of the brain associated with impulse control, decision-making and executive functioning not being hooked up completely with the rest of the brain until much later. The imbalance between the limbic system, which is associated with emotions, and the frontal lobe create a cocktail for teenage mood swings, Dr. Jensen says. Teenager’s emotions are at the helm, driving decision-making.
The effects of drugs more harmful on teenage brain
The effects of substances are more permanent on the teen brain. They have more deleterious effects and can be more toxic to the teen than the adult. – Dr. Frances Jensen
As Dr. Jensen said, teenagers are prone to risk-taking, which often includes experimenting with drugs. Many people believe that teenagers actually have an easier time breaking addictions and bouncing back, but research has deemed that untrue.
Research has shown that teenagers are more prone to addiction and can become addicted to substances much faster than adults. The lasting effects of drugs are also larger in teenagers. In a few studies, researchers found that teens that used marijuana for prolonged amounts of time (daily) for a year or more had permanent changes in their brain and did worse on verbal IQ tests.
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for teenage girls, ages 14 to 17. We help girls that struggle with issues, such as impulse control, trauma recovery, depression, anxiety and many more. We understand that teenage mood swings sometimes get out of hand and are often paired with other issues, such as depression or drug abuse. Solstice East is here to rebuild and heal your family.
For more information about how Solstice East helps girls deal with their teenage mood swings, call us today at 828-484-9946.