Insights into Mental Health from the Teenage Brain
Why do so many mental health problems emerge for the first time during the teenage years? Researchers find clues clues in teenage brains.
Adolescence is a time when life-long mental health difficulties can first emerge. Researchers in Cambridge have scanned hundreds of teenage brains and combined the data with genetic information to try to work out why this happens. They hope that by identifying factors which increase the risk of developing conditions like schizophrenia, doctors will eventually be able to intervene early.
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(Photo caption: Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers’ brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise during late adolescence. Credit: © Bob Bradburn
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