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2) He is going through "puberty" and is bound to get moody.
1) I don't know whats gotten into this boy. He has never behaved this badly.
I gotta find out what this is all about.
So puberty is also what caused my body to change? But does it also effect my behavior like my parents said?
Actually, contrary to popular belief, puberty is not the direct cause of teenage moodiness. "While most adults assume that adolescent moodiness is directly related to the hormonal changes of puberty... the connection is not very strong." (27) I chose this quote to challenge and re-examine the norms and popular beliefs about the period of development we call puberty. The rest of the blocks will examine key changes that are actually caused by puberty.
Before Puberty formally begins there is a "feedback loop between the pituitary gland, the hippocampus (part of brain that controls pituitary gland), and the gonads or ovaries." (15) The feedback connection is called HPG, during adolescence the connection is stimulated either by coding in your DNA or stimulation from the brain that the individual is ready to begin reproducing, "get the childbearing show on the road." (16) It causes biological changes all in preparation for adulthood.
Some changes in behavior are caused by hormonal changes that occur during puberty. For example, the release of testosterone leads boys to develop sexual desires, a way the body coerces reproduction to occur. "There is also growing evidence that puberty affects the brain in ways that increase adolescents' emotional arousal and desire for highly rewarding, exciting activities, which make teenage more prone to emotional and behavioral problems." (17)
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