Charlotte Randall

Counsellor and Coach

Working with Children, Teenagers and Adults

Teen Brain

Your brain is an organ that is made up of 100 billion nerve cells that play a role in just about every function of your body. At the age of 10-12 there is a major increase in the brains nerve cells and then during adolescents a huge number of nerve cells are naturally thinned away ready for the focused growth and development of what is left. By your late teens/early to mid-twenties the remaining nerve cells are stronger and are at the required adult level to deal with adult life challenges.

Some scientists believe that teens process information with the part of the brain known as the amygdala, until their adult brain matures. The amygdala plays a key role in processing emotions and moods including fear, anger, anxiety and depression and all the body sensations that go with them. It is particularly sensitive to perceived threat and triggers the flight or fight response. It is useful because it is your natural alarm system and its function is to protect you. However, when it gets stuck on alert a habit of worrying can form that creates discomfort. A constant feeling of discomfort and distress will impact your mental resilience. The good news is there are things you can do to start to understand your mental health, develop choices to how you approach it and change the outcome of it on your life.

 

Please do not suffer in silence. Speak to someone now if you are suffering or have a concern about your mental health.