Formation of Brain Sheds Light on Teenage Personality Disorders

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Formation of Brain Sheds Light on Teenage Personality Disorders

Teenage personality disorders still contain many mysteries we’ve yet to discover and solve. While we can now treat them effectively, methods for identification and treatment can always be improved. A recent discovery has found that the actual shape of a person’s brain can tell us whether they’ll be prone to certain traits–or possibly mental illnesses.

teenage personality disordersHow brain shape is linked to personality

A new study conducted by Florida State University looked into how the shape of our brains is linked to personality traits.

The personality traits they focused on were “neuroticism, the tendency to be in a negative emotional state; extraversion, the tendency to be sociable and enthusiastic; openness, how open-minded a person is; agreeableness, a measure of altruism and cooperativeness; and conscientiousness, a measure of self-control and determination.”

It was found that those who had a tendency towards neuroticism–something frequently associated with depression–had a specific shaping of their brain. This new information could potentially help professionals better identify and treat issues like depression and teenage personality disorders.

Antonio Terracciano, Florida State University College of Medicine Associate Professor, explained the importance of this discovery:

“Linking how brain structure is related to basic personality traits is a crucial step to improving our understanding of the link between the brain morphology and particular mood, cognitive or behavioral disorders. We also need to have a better understanding of the relation between brain structure and function in healthy people to figure out what is different in people with neurological and psychiatric disorders.”

Understanding which parts of the brain are connected to teenage personality disorders can play an incredibly important role in not just identification, but also in more effective treatments.

Recognizing teenage personality disorders

It’s not always easy for a parent to recognize when a teenager is going through a normal range of hormonal driven emotions or struggling with a mental health issue. Some signs and signals of teenage personality disorders include:

  • Strong avoidance or mistrust of others
  • Disruptive impulsivity and attention issues
  • Frequently isolates, strong dislike of social interactions
  • Rigidity of thought, lack of curiosity
  • Problems regulating emotion, experiences outbursts often

If you believe your child may be struggling with a mental health issue, it’s incredibly important to seek out a professional for further guidance.

ViewPoint offers help for teenage personality disorders

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best treatment for your child through the most efficient and effective methods available. We can provide treatment for teenage personality disorders and many others–our goal is to help your son or daughter through this hard time.  

For more information about treating teenage personality disorders at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.


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