Stress Affects On Teenagers. Emotions are the barometer of mental well-being and are part of the human experience. During adolescence, more than at any other time, emotions rule our lives. Teenagers are usually up or they’re down, and they are very rarely something in between. As parents we sometimes experience our teenagers’ emotional highs and lows as frighteningly out of control and most parents don’t know about stress affects on teenagers.
Why Are Teenagers So Up and Down?
Their response to the world is driven by emotion, not reason. This is because there is much less activity in their frontal lobes (the part of the brain responsible for reasoning) – this makes it harder for them to handle their emotions, especially in crisis situations. Read more about the structure of the teenage brain.
Because teens are not fully accessing their frontal lobes, other areas of the brain can get a little out of hand and create more extreme impressions of an external threat.