Ever wonder why kids exhibit a significant shift in behavior when they become teenagers? There is actually a medical explanation. Kathy says she’s concerned about her 16-year-old daughter, Kamila’s, behavior.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains that teens respond strongly to the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone oxytocin, which reward the brain’s pleasure and empathy systems. Learn why teens are more sensitive to rewards and less sensitive to risks than adults.
It is important for parents to understand the differences between teenage brain chemistry and their own to fully understand what their child is going through and take the correct steps to guide them in the right direction.