Troubled Behavior Has Biological Basis Says Experts
Written by Craig Rogers, in Section Articles
Acting out is a normal part of teen behavior, but troubled teens take it a step further.
It may be through challenging authority, self-harm, substance abuse, defiance, or even hurting others, but it can make a parent wonder what started it all. Is it just something their teen is going through? Did environmental factors play a role? Could it, perhaps, be a problem stemming from biological behavior? If you are a parent who went through adolescence relatively unscathed, considering there might be a biological basis for troubled behavior may not be the first thing that comes to mind.
What Are The Experts Saying?
It’s safe to say that the argument amongst scientists, doctors, and academic scholars as to whether or not behavior is biologically influenced or learned may never claim a victor; research from both sides continues to support each theory. However, conditions and disorders which influence behavior have their own story. In fact, research has shown that genetics do contribute to alcoholism and addiction, and the National Institute for Public health has noted that psychiatric problems may be inherited as well. One publication even goes over the research which concluded that at least five mental disorders have genetic roots.
But, what if there is no history of alcoholism, addiction or mental disorders in your family?
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