The events at Sandy Hook Elementary a year and a half ago, as well as other violent outbursts by disturbed young men, teach us all too clearly that isolation and frustration are a dangerous combination. But there is a broader lesson to be learned, one about the volatility of even the most well-adjusted adolescent brain, and the dangers this developmental stage poses through around age 25—most often to young people themselves.
In this presentation, Dr. Harold Koplewicz summarizes the most up-to-date research on adolescent brain development, and the implications for psychiatric illness, substance abuse and dangerous behavior. Dr. Koplewicz discusses the effectiveness of proven individual treatments, and the emerging research on community models for preventing and managing both psychiatric illness and troubling problem behaviors. And he outlines important steps parents, educators, and other professionals who interact with teens can take to ensure healthy development and intervene early.