The adolescent brain is uniquely susceptible to mental illness

The adolescent brain is uniquely susceptible to mental illness

Dr. Arginteanu says, 

 

“The adolescent brain is uniquely susceptible to mental illness. This could come down to something called myelination. Certain cells of the brain (also called neurons or grey matter) send their signals via axons (also called white matter). “Axons can leak signal unless they are insulated by a fatty substance called myelin.”

 

“The axons of the brain do not become completely myelinated until the human brain fully matures at about 25 years of age.” 

 

“The very last part of the brain to be myelinated is the frontal lobe, which is responsible for executive functions like self-control.Because the wiring is not mature, the teen brain is more easily rewired or disrupted.”

 

 

https://theweek.com/articles/892910/science-adolescent-brain