Inhale Exhale Family Edition Issue 1

A Healthy Brain

Mental Health is not a dirty word, yet often we overlook or ignore issues until they are full-blown problems resulting in crisis. The impact can be life-changing. Families are ever-evolving entities made up of multiple events and incidents that can impact a child for the rest of their life. 

The answer is not to avoid or hide what is going on, but to talk openly about it. 

Allow family members the space to share what is going on for them and how it occurs to them.. The way a child sees it will more often not be the way an adult sees it. In fact, their concerns may seem insignificant compared to what you are dealing with as an adult.

Do not discount their concerns. They are very real for them. 

Brain Development

The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so. In fact, various studies including research from Stanford Children’s health “Understanding the Teen Brain” and a 2011 NPR report, 

“Brain maturity extends well beyond the teen years” and really no surprise, that adult and teen brains work differently.

Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. The prefrontal cortex is in development for our young people and studies have shown the use of computer and phone screens are potentially slowing this process down even more. 

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