Houston Family Therapist Says Neuroscience Can Explain Why Moms and Teen Girls Fight More …

HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — That Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa offer plenty of time for families to spend together is both good news and bad news, especially for families with teenage girls and stressed-out mothers whose relationships can turn combative fairly quickly.Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151116/287722Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151116/287723Marriage and family therapist Colleen O’Grady says that a teenage daughter’s brain is already hard-wired for drama because of its undeveloped prefrontal cortex. That means that teen girls frequently default to having their lower brain or limbic system in charge, even before adding in the stresses of finals, projects and end of semester grades that coincide with the holidays.  Making the situation even more volatile, she adds, is that mothers stressed out by extra demands on their time for cooking, shopping, entertaining, and…


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