May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The term "Mental Health" gets thrown around a lot these days, but what are we talking about when we use the term? Mental health is one's psychological and emotional well-being. It is all about how we think, feel and behave. Adolescents think, feel and behave differently than their adult counterparts.
Adolescence is a time of growth. It is a time when a youth's brain grows and changes significantly. Some neural pathways develop and others die off. It is a time when adolescent thoughts, behavior patterns and feelings begin to solidify on the way to becoming an adult. The hormones that influence these cognitive changes result in higher order thinking, feelings of invincibility and an increase desire for peer interaction.