Mental Health and our Youth
There is an overwhelming amount of data from many different sources, and it all points in the same direction: more mental health issues among American young people. What is behind this unprecedented trend? Scientists now know that the brain is getting reorganized from ages 13 to about age 25. Studies indicate a significant association between Internet and social media “addiction” and depression, ADHD, hostility, social phobia and suicide. It is not realistic to expect the brain to adapt to intense and artificial stimulation it was never meant to have. Advances in neuro-technology can support teenage learning to have control over their developing brains and steer their thinking and emotions in positive and productive directions toward future success.