Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and form new pathways and connections.
Young brains tend to be more sensitive and responsive to experiences than older brains.
- This means that adolescence is an important time to take care of your brain-by learning and trying new things, getting adequate sleep, and being careful about substance use, among other helpful behaviors.
Researchers have even found that mental health treatment can actually change the form and function of the brain in positive ways!
Factors that can impact the development of the brain are varied and complex.
Researchers are still trying to understand which disorders have the greatest genetic predisposition.
What is mental health?
The term mental health gets thrown around a lot these days. Well, what does it actually mean?
You are not alone
More than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. You are not alone.
For some teens, it is helpful to understand how the brain functions. Did you know that the human brain does not fully develop until around 25 years old?