18 Aug Being Left Handed or Right Handed Effects Teenage Mental Health Issues
A recent article by PsyBlog discussed new research that has found that being left or right handed effects teenage mental health issues. Around 10 percent of people in the world are left-handed, and we still don’t know why it’s so rare. Humans are the only species on the planet that show handedness. With left handedness being so rare, people in the past even thought that it was wrong and would try to force kids to do things right handedly. While we still don’t have a great understanding of why certain people are left or right handed, we do know that the cause extends deep into the mind and brain.
The difference in lefties and righties
Around 95 percent of people are left-brained—the brain is cross-wired to the body; left-hand-side of the brain controls the right-hand-side of the body. You would imagine that due to this, left handed people would be right-brained. Research suggests that most are still left-brained, but many carry their language and speech centers in the right-hand-side of the brain.
How being left or right handed effects teenage mental health issues
According to studies, lefties have repeatedly been found to suffer higher risks of teenage mental health issues. This doesn’t mean that being left handed is bad or means you have teenage mental health issues, it just means that left handed people are at a greater risk.
If you believe you are suffering from teenage mental health issues, it’s important to speak out about what you are experiencing. With the stigma on teenage mental health issues, many teens don’t receive the guidance and support they need to be happy and healthy. If you are worried about you or your teen, there are programs available that can help.
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