Understanding Neurobiology of Psychological Trauma: Tips for Working with Transition-age Youth

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Following rapid structural, functional, and neurochemical changes in the brain during early to mid-adolescence, the pace of neurodevelopment
during late adolescence through the 20s is slower and more focused. Changes are concentrated on strengthening neural connections that advance emotional regulation, risk-reward assessment, problem solving, and future planning. Communication between emotional and thinking centers becomes more efficient thus providing a greater capacity to think before acting and consider multiple solutions in emotionally-charged situations.

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