Have you ever wondered why teens engage in such high risk behaviors?
During the adolescent stage of development, teen brains are screaming at them to go get more dopamine; their brain just can't get enough of it. The higher the risk the bigger the dopamine rush....high risk = high reward = dopamine!!
Combine their brain's addiction to dopamine with a teens underdeveloped executive function skills of thinking about consequences and impulse control and you've got a dangerous equation.
There are safe risks teens can take to meet their addictive need for dopamine; get involved with your teen. Talk to them about their brains addiction to dopamine and how you can help them be safer with their risk taking!!
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