The brain is the most complex part of the human body.
This three-pound organ is the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement,
and controller of behavior. Lying in its bony shell and washed by protective fluid, the brain is the source
of all the qualities that define our humanity.
Our Brain is the crown jewel of the human body.
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Why teens act the way they do?
"Why do my parents think I take stupid risks?"
While we are children and teenagers, our brains are still forming. Think of it like a beta test of a new video game that still has some bugs in it.
Our brains are somewhat similar in that until everything is completed and the mature circuits of our brains are fully formed in early adulthood,
we don't always recognize or understand the consequences of many of the risks we take.
That's not to say because our adolescent brains may be running somewhat wild with surging hormones that it's okay to take dangerous risks.
Taking risks is a part of life and is part of the growing process, but we all have to learn what risks are okay to take without putting ourselves in harm's way.
At P.E.D.A., teens and adults work together to find ways for everyone to best understand the changes and challenges that are taking place within.
Together, we come up with ideas on how to best channel teenage energy toward productive activity and constructive risk taking.
Some facts to keep in mind about how drug and alcohol use affect the teenage brain.
• Since an adolescent's brain is still developing, teens who drink heavily are more likely to significantly lower their mental abilities than adults who drink heavily.
• Because the teenage brain is still developing, people who begin drinking before the
age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who wait until they are 21.
• Research proves that a teen's brain is more easily damaged than an adult's brain in the areas that regulate the storage of memories.
• Exposure to substances that inhibit cell growth can have a devastating effect on the developing brain.
• Alcohol and other drugs limits the brain's ability to form new pathways and connections that are essential to learning and memory.