Teenager’s brains light up like wildfire when they receive a pleasurable stimulus. The ventral striatum provides the brain with receptors that trigger the release of dopamine, essentially a drug for good feeling in the brain . The ventral striatum upon view lights up more in teenagers than adults. This suggests that teens are more sensitive and less experienced to certain stimulus and are therefore more susceptible to the consequences that follow (Lewis). During adolescence, there is an increase in the neurotransmitter dopamine which is responsible for pleasure in the reward system.
Drinking during this critical period of development may lead to permanent damage that can linger for the duration of a person’s life. Alcohol affects two crucial parts of the brain which are vulnerable when a teenager is developing. In her article “Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage,” author Michelle Trudeau states alcohol results in irreversible brain changes that can impact decision making, personality, memory, and learning. Alcohol first affects the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for rational thinking, judgment, and decision making.
Drugs such as alcohol have an effect on all users, regardless of their age; however, alcohol has an especially harmful effect on teens since their bodies are still developing. Studies have shown that alcohol has numerous negative effects on a teen’s body and mental health; for example, a study conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention stated that “alcohol consumption affects the brain’s frontal lobes, which is essential for functions such as emotional regulations, planning, and organization” (“Age”). Teens already have high emotions and difficulties planning and organizing; alcohol will only enhance teens’ struggle. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention also found that alcohol consumption at a young age can potentially cause chronic problems such as memory loss, depression, suicidal thoughts, and poor decision making (“Age”). Teens have a difficult enough time making decisions and organizing their lives, but adding alcohol to the mix will only make matters worse; their bodies are still developing, and they are still learning to be adults.
Vaping as an adolescent can lead to health issues in the future. E-cigarette liquid still contains the chemical nicotine. “Nicotine has known damaging effects: It’s addictive, toxic to developing fetuses and can harm brain development in children and young adults up to the age of 20” (Spector). This shows that when students introduce nicotine into their bodies at such a young age they can cause irreversible damage to their bodies that will hold them back from living a completely healthy life. “Propylene glycol, a chemical found in e-liquids, can irritate the eyes and airways...
The effects and solutions on hypersexualization of young girls In the article “Toddlers in Tiaras” by Skip Hollandsworth, the author covered on the topic of precocious sexualization of young girls, especially toddlers who are competing in pageants. The author did not as to so much state his opinion on the topic but he quoted many other people of their opinions. As our society becoming more advanced, the media becomes more outraged. Television shows and advertisements are competing for the spot light. They are essentially aiming at the younger generation.
Traditionally egocentricism theory has been the source of intuition for describing many characteristics of adolescent behavior. According to Elkind (1967), differential failure or egocentricism is the distinguishing failure of an adolescent to correctly conclude nature of object from another’s attention. Egocentricism occurs as a result of formal operational stage of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development because adolescents cannot differentiate oneself thoughts, ideas and beliefs from others. Egocentricism exists in young children (Jean Piaget 1896-1980).Young adolescents falsify reality in an abundance of assimilation of cognitive activity overcoming the actual and real with the possible and ideal (Lapsley, in press a).Adolescents egocentricism
Children who experience childhood maltreatment are more likely to engage in deviant behaviour. “A progressive drift into deviant behaviours begins to limit prosocial options. Arrest records, drug use, alcohol problems and early pregnancies diminish options for education and employment” (Whitbeck, Hoyt, Yoder, Cause, & Paradise). Adolescents with a
THIRD PARTY DISABILITY IN MOTHERS OF CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY. Abstract: Introduction: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement and posture due to a defect or lesion of the immature brain (Cruickshank, 1964). In fact, it is attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occur during brain development in foetus or infant. CP disorders are accompanied by various disorders like speech, auditory, visual abnormality, seizure, learning disorder, mental retardation etc. Due to the variation in projection of these disorders, it ultimately changes the needs that arise in the wake of the disorders, thus making understanding the various needs of these patients essential.
Brain imaging studies reveal that the regions of the adolescent brain responsible for controlling thoughts, actions and emotions are not fully developed.” (pg 93) Paul mentions in the article he wrote that there are brain cells being lost in the children's brains were controlling impulse and self control so that’s why these children act violent and out of control. We should be able to help these children on helping them grow and not left with no faith of help on there journey of
The influence of family control and especially the presence of the father turn on youth delinquency toward drug use, they reduce the chances of close contact with the deviant groups, also contribute to guide them and teach them, and we find that the drug is spreading among young people that are weak or infectious parental
After listening to Jack Shonkoff, director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University argues experiences have a potential to change child growth later in life. The day we are born is when our brains are continuously developing throughout our life span such as things we experience and learn. For example, if a child is expose to violence and abuse at home. The child will have a higher chance of committing crimes and this is called toxic stress, Shonkoff mentions. Toxic stress is when the brain is unable to adapt to new situations and can potential damage child brain in terms of memory and learning.
Peer Pressured Teens Peer pressure influences teenagers in a few different ways, such as ditching, drinking, and drugs. I think Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of “Speak,” is saying is that in young teenagers’ lives, they are forced to participate in actions that they do not want to take part in. Melinda Sordino is influenced by peer pressure because she started ditching class (Halse). In the past, I have experienced being pressured to ditch as well. When it comes to peer pressure Melinda and I have ditching in common, but Melinda and I handled our situations very differently (Halse).
Furthermore, today’s adolescents that are breaking out of parental care and entering into adulthood has just little than no brain. They go into the world thinking of taking some adventures to migrate out of the realm of the physical world into a world of fantasy so that they can belong to a group that they think is perfect for them and so doing, they start to mimic peoples that belong to that same group and as a result they begin to use drugs which leads them to an extent that becomes a burden for the society, this reduces our nations efficiency in many areas like the economy begin to deviate slightly because a huge amount of money will be given out to help rescue the youths. Lawmakers of this reputable nation, our youths may even end up as
One main point that is argued is that younger brains are more susceptible to alcohol consumption and by lowering the drinking age, it would be approving the damage that alcohol causes in the developing brain. Emotional development, organization, and planning are all affected by alcohol consumption. Though it’s true that kids will still likely drink, that doesn’t mean society needs to approve of that decision. Another argument that is used is that more people drinking could create more unsafe environments. When people have too much alcohol, their decision-making skills are extensively lowered.
This would lead to a trickledown effect of younger and younger student consuming alcohol. As students are introduce to alcohol at a younger age, it opens the pathway to other abusive substances such as illegal and prescription drugs. All the substances will begin to hurt the students brain and body as it is trying to develop during these crucial years. Even though underage teens consume alcohol on occasion, lowering the drinking age would give them the ability to consume it more frequently and greater