A child’s mental wellness is vital to their success both in and out of school. Sometimes, a change in mood or behavior can signal a child is struggling to be mentally well. ThinkBeyondTheBehavior.org is a local campaign geared at helping students, staff, parents and community detect potential mental health struggles among a child and get them to a trusted resource for help. Friends, parents, and teachers do not know how to diagnose mental health issues, but serve as powerful bystanders in helping get a child or loved one connected when they suspect the person is suffering.
One of the ways that scientists have searched for the causes of mental illness is by studying the development of the brain from birth to adulthood. Powerful new technologies have enabled them to track the growth of the brain and to investigate the connections between brain function, development, and behavior.
The research has turned up some surprises, among them the discovery of striking changes taking place during the teen years. These findings have altered long-held assumptions about the timing of brain maturation. In key ways, the brain doesn’t look like that of an adult until the early 20s. READ MORE >>