Adolescence & Other Temporary Mental Disorders

Adolescence & Other Temporary Mental Disorders

DVD - 2010
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Are you baffled by teen behaviour? Wild outbursts, risk-taking (drugs, alcohol, sex), and thoughtless or embarassing behaviours are regrettable, but not abnormal adolescent behaviours. With plenty of thought-provoking as well as laugh-out-loud examples, Dr. Pat Friman explains how "insane" behaviour on the part of teens is actually normal considering the different roles of development of parts of the brain. Because the prefrontal cortex which guides reason and logic is still developing in adolescents, it is often overruled by the limbic system, the part of the brain that reacts with emotion.

Dr. Friman tells viewers which behaviours to address and how, and which behaviours should simply be ignored as teen "insanity" that will be outgrown as youths mature. His presentation, full of witty examples and wise advice, speaks directly to parents, caregivers, and educators who are looking to better understand and deal with the craziness of adolescence.

Publisher: Boys Town, NE : Boys Town Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781934490129
1934490121
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (75 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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palisadesk
Mar 19, 2011

Very informative presentation. The speaker makes his points with humour and a flair for metaphor and vivid anecdotal illustrations. It's a good complement to the book "Get Out of My Life! But First, Could You Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall?" by Anthony Wolf. Both expand upon the see-sawing back and forth between the "baby brain" (limbic system) and the "thinking brain" (frontal cortex) that seems to occur randomly in the teen-ager, with often maddening results.

Good and sensible advice on dealing with these issues.

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