Research Finds What You Do in High School Shapes Your Adult Personality

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You know your high school years play a major part in building your future, but risky things you do now -- and think aren't a big deal -- do play a crucial role in determining your personality as an adult.

Researchers are beginning to better understand brain development during adolescence. It was previously thought that your brain finished developing during teen years. Not so. It takes until your mid-20s (or later!) to completely mature.
A Harvey study found that teens who smoked marijuana before age 16 experienced problems in their 20s remembering details, responding to a change in direction, and making decisions.

An experiment on lab rats also led to startling findings about the effect binge drinking in your teens has on you as an adult. Toni Pak, assistant professor in the department of cell and molecular physiology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, exposed adolescent lab rats to binge drinking. As adults, when given alcohol, they had a tough time dealing with stress hormones.

"That is the same type of profile that we see in adult patients who have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder" explains Toni Pak. "They are not able to get used to stressors and they have very exaggerated responses to mild stress."

Did you ever underage drink or smoke pot? Do you worry about the effect it will have on you as an adult?

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