The adolescent IQ fluctuates with changes in the brain

See? You're not crazy, your teen is! Although these impulsive and risky behaviors are scary to us as parents, at least now we can understand where they're coming from and that they'll likely go away.(The risky behaviors, not the kids!)

But it's probably only temporary since the structure of the brain is constantly changing during adolescence. 

1. The prefrontal cortex, which helps inhibit risky behavior, doesn't get fully developed until age 25.

2. The connections between the prefrontal cortex and other areas are still developing

3. Some of the deep structures in the brain are affected by changing hormones.

It'll all straighten out by their mid-20s, right?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/19/health/mental-health/teen-brain-impulses/i...

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