Brain Facts for Teens
During adolescence, sex hormones cause the emotional centers of the brain to be seriously overactive. These centers are where raw emotion comes from – anger, fear, exuberance – and cause teens to overreact to emotional situations.
For Boys: This overreaction is often physical – slamming doors, banging something, perhaps adding an expletive for good measure!
For Girls: This overreaction is often more verbal – yelling and angry words that cause hurt feelings.
Remember teens aren’t always in control of their reactions during this time. Adults may need to take time out and calm down before trying to “deal with them.”