The Science of Adolescent Stress and Trauma

Stressed out? Anxious? Depressed for no apparent reason? Do you find you aren’t consciously generating stressful thoughts or focusing on something negative? You are just sad. Or unhappy. Sometimes this happens because of an unconscious memory or environmental source. Sometimes it's because of an emotion ingrained into your brain and...

Neuroplasticity: Changing the Brain

Hebb’s Law is a term in neuroscience that says, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Consistent firing of neurons (brain cells) through repetitive thoughts, feelings and actions physically changes the brain. This is called neuroplasticity.  Billions of neurons make up our brains. They communicate through tiny electrical impulses. Over time,...

The Stress Response and Why it Can Hurt Our Health

Here’s a terrifying thought: every time we are stressed out, our bodies fire a mechanism that hinders many major biological functions. Things like digestion, rational thought and immune function shut down. Oh, and it's essentially uncontrollable. Well, this is exactly what happens during the stress response.  During an intense emotional...

Brain Structures: The 3 Brain Model

Did you know you have 3 brains? Think of the human brain as an evolved organ with 3 distinct parts - a primal portion, an emotional portion, and a logical portion. Now this is an extremely simplistic way of looking at the brain. But it is very helpful and makes...