Puberty is when your body changes from a child into an adult. Puberty can begin at any time – usually between age 10 -17 years and takes on average a period of two years. Everyone develops at different times and rates so try not to worry if you think you are being left behind.

 

Your brain is also growing quickly and will continue to develop until your early twenties. The good things about this are you are more open to new ideas and doing things differently (open to change), but it can also be a confusing time.

 

Your brain is relying on the ‘emotional part’ of their brain to work out what to do, rather than the ‘thinking part’ of the brain. This may lead to more impulsive behaviour rather than thoughtful behaviour.

 

Your teenage years are an important time when you are learning more about relationships and friendships, but again, brain development can make it difficult for you to think clearly at times.

 

It may sometimes feel overwhelming if something happens with friends, especially if you are feeling left out or rejected. This is because the part of the brain that makes sense of situations is still not developed and the part of the brain that feels strong emotions is very active.

 

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