Psychiatry Professor Details “Darker Side” Of Adolescence

In the New York Times (6/29, Friedman, Subscription Publication), Richard A. Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at the Weill Cornell Medical College, wrote about how the “darker side” of adolescence involves “a surge… in anxiety and fearfulness,” which is attributed to “a quirk of brain development.”

According to Friedman, this “brain-development lag has huge implications for how we think about anxiety and how we treat it.” He warns against “the ever rising use of stimulants in young people, because these drugs may worsen anxiety and make it harder for teenagers to” develop skills necessary to “modulate their fear.”

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— “Why Teenagers Act Crazy,” Ricard A. Friedman, New York Times, June 28, 2014.

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